Originally written on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 2/29/12

This is a look at the Oakland Athletics 40 man roster.  It is a fantasy baseball look though.  If I were drafting a team and looking at the Athletics specifically this is what I would and wouldn’t do.  If there are any comments, thoughts, questions please feel free to respond on the site.  I also have a twitter account which I can be reached on @marches, feel free to connect with me there.  I hope you enjoy this article as well as the others I have done and my colleagues have done.  We have worked really hard to have all 30 MLB teams covered by time your drafts happen in the next month.

Do take a look at Bartolo Colon for depth in your pitching rotation.  He isn’t a top of the line guy anymore and you may not even think he is worth it.  He resurrected his career in New York last year though and in a pitchers park should do even better this year.  He was 8-10 last year with a 4.00 ERA, he made 26 starts the most he had made in four years.  I would definitely take a good look at him.

Don’t take a flyer on Manny Ramirez.  First of all he is coming off of retirement.  He is also a bad egg who is bound to get into trouble.  He also has to serve a 50 game suspension at the beginning of the season.  Ramirez won’t be around until the 51st game of the season.  That is too much time to waste in a fantasy league.  I would stay far away from him for these reasons.

Do take an interest in Yoenis Cespedes.  I don’t know if he will ever be a good major league player.  That is hard to predict but what an athlete.  He is playing in a place where there really isn’t any pressure.  Oakland may have more eyes on them now because of the Moneyball movie but I doubt it.  They are overshadowed in their own division, never mind league and even state.  I would take a chance on a guy like this and see what happens.

Don’t think Daric Barton is a first baseman to even consider.  He has never showed the power the Athletics thought he would.  Barton was even sent to the minors last year after a sluggish start.  Last season he hit 212 with no homeruns and 21 RBI.  He played in 67 games.

Do like that Coco Crisp can bring some speed to your team.  In the last two years he has stolen a total of 81 bases.  He is a good center fielder and a veteran.  He may not be great but he is a solid career 275 hitter.  He won’t offer much pop but he could get you 6-8 homeruns and around 50 RBI.

Don’t think Jonny Gomes can be an everyday outfielder.  He has never played more then 148 games.  He is a career 242 hitter.  He will provide some power but it won’t be more then 20 homeruns especially playing in Oakland.  He isn’t going to steal many bases and he isn’t going to be on base at a great rate.  He has a career 329 on base percentage.

Cliff Pennington won’t be at the top of the shortstop list.  He also won’t be your worst option of a to DO list.  Pennington in the last two years has gotten his chance.  He has hit 250 and 264, he has hit six and eight homeruns and driven in 46 and 58.  He stole 29 bases two years ago and 14 last year so he has the ability to add some speed to your team.

Brandon Allen has shown nothing in the majors to even look at.  His career average is 210.  He has hit a total of 11 homeruns in three  years.  He has 38 RBI in three years, for anyone this is bad but especially a first baseman.  He won’t steal you any bases either or get on base at a high rate.  There is nothing to like about him and he is a big DON’T.

Do take a shot with Josh Reddick at least as a reserve outfielder.  He played the most games last year for the Red Sox and showed them something.  He showed enough to get them Andrew Bailey in a trade.  Bailey is a proven closer and the Red Sox needed that badly after losing Jonathan Papelbon.  Reddick last year batted 280 with seven homeruns and 28 RBI.  He had a 327 on base percentage.

If there is anyone on this list you think that I missed please let me know through a post on the site or contact me through twitter.  I look forward to all responses.  This wasn’t an easy article to write.  The Athletics really don’t have many names at all on their roster.  Most teams have some clear cut Dos, they have a lot of don’ts on their team and that made it more difficult.  The Athletics will most be remembered for money ball but not for the team on the field.  They may have some headlines with Manny Ramirez around and by signing Cespedes but other then that there isn’t much to talk about.

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