Monday, December 06, 2004

2005 A's Roster

Scroll down if you want to skip all the B.S. and just get to the damn list......

Guide to this post :

Updates are marked in bold and underlined.
Underneath the updates is the Oakland A's probably 25-Man 2005 Roster as I see it.
The 25-Man Roster is listed by position:
- Names are linked to their most current stats
- Next to their names I mark them as "confirmed" in green if their status with the team AND their role on the team is confirmed for 2005.
- Next to their names I mark them as "unconfirmed" if EITHER their status with the team is not 100% confirmed OR their role on the team is not 100% confirmed for 2005
- Following their status as confirmed/unconfirmed, I have added my own thoughts on their positions with the team in 2005 and what role will they play.

Disclaimer : This is simply 1 fan's (mine) ideas about who will be on the 25-Man Roster on opening day and what role they will play on the team. It is not an official list and not endorsed or approved by the Oakland A's or Major League Baseball

Update : 12-19-04 - A's trade Mark Mulder to the Cardinals, add Dan Haren, Kiko Calero, and Daric Barton

There are a lot of pitchers on our roster now as you can see below. Obviously some of them will be in AAA or possibly traded before the season officially starts. About the best thing that can be said is that our bullpen is vastly upgraded with some good, young arms.

Update : 12-17-04 - A's trade Tim Hudson to the Braves, add LF Charles Thomas, RP Juan Cruz, and SP Dan Meyer

Up to 30 players now, obviously some of these will be gone by opening day, either through trades or demotion to the minor leagues.

C - Jason Kendall - Confirmed, Everday - Starting Catcher
C - Adam Melhuse - Unconfirmed, Backup - Backup Catcher

P - Barry Zito - Confirmed, Starter - No. 1 Starter
P - Rich Harden - Confirmed, Starter - No. 2 Starter
P - Dan Meyer - Unconfirmed, Starter - No. 3 Starter
P - Dan Haren - Unconfirmed, Starter - No. 4 Starter
P - Joe Blanton - Unconfirmed, Starter - No. 5 Starter
P - Justin Duchscherer - Unconfirmed, Relief - Long Relief
P - Chad Bradford - Unconfirmed, Relief - Right Handed Specialist
P - Ricardo Rincon - Confirmed, Relief - Left Handed Specialist
P - Seth Etherton - Unconfirmed, Relief - Regular Relief, back up Starter
P - Juan Cruz - Unconfirmed, Relief - Set Up
P - Kiko Calero - Unconfirmed, Relief - Set Up
P - Octavio Dotel - Unconfirmed, Relief - Closer

1B/DH - Dan Johnson - Unconfirmed - Starting 1B/DH
1B/DH - Erubiel Durazo - Unconfirmed - Starting DH/Backup 1B
2B - Mark Ellis - Unconfirmed, Everyday/Backup - Backup 2b
2B/SS/3B - Marco Scutaro - Unconfirmed, Backup - Utility Infielder
2B - Keith Ginter - Unconfirmed, Everyday/Backup - Starting 2B
SS - Bobby Crosby - Confirmed, Everyday - Starting SS
3B - Eric Chavez - Confirmed, Everyday - Starting 3B

OF - Eric Byrnes - Unconfirmed, Everyday - Starting LF (platoon split with Thomas?)
OF - Mark Kotsay - Confirmed, Everyday - Starting CF
OF - Nick Swisher - Unconfirmed, Everyday - Starting RF
OF - Charles Thomas - Unconfirmed, Everyday/Backup - Starting LF (platoon split with Byrnes?)

Those players currently on the roster, but whom I believe will not be on the roster Opening Day:
P - Tim Harikkala - Unconfirmed, Relief - will be gone or sent down to AAA
1B/DH - Scott Hatteberg - Unconfirmed - will be gone
3B - Adam Morrissey - Unconfirmed, Backup - Will start in AAA. Possible call up for Bench/Utility Infielder
OF - Bobby Kielty - Unconfirmed, Backup - will be gone or sent down to AAA
OF - Matt Watson - Unconfirmed, Backup/Pinch Hitter - Will start in AAA. Possible call up for Bench/PH/Backup OF


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