Originally written March 09, 2013 on MyTeamRivals.com:
The Oakland Athletics were the biggest surprise for the 2012 season. It seemed like they had that dream season where little to nothing went wrong for them. It seemed every button General Manager Billy Beane and manager Bob Melvin pushed was the right one. But, they deserve credit for a great season winning the AL West and taking the eventual AL Champion Detroit Tigers to a deciding 5th game in the ALDS. I agree that there is a lot of talent on this team, much more than I thought going into the 2012 season. They made a couple moves in the off season, signing free agent SS Hiroyuki Nakajimi and trading for CF Chris Young, C John Jaso and SS Jed Lowrie. While I think the team has improved offensively, I think the organization is counting on too much of the same to happen in 2013. We all know it does not work that way. The addition of Young forces a little bit of a log jam in the OF. He hit .231, 14, 41 in an injury plagued season with the Diamondbacks last season. The corner ...
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