Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The Oakland A's were one of baseball's best stories in 2012 -- and biggest surprises. The team was turned upside down last winter, and three All-Star pitchers (Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey) were traded away. Oakland had one healthy returning starting pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, and one returning outfielder, Coco Crisp. There were questions at first base and, when Scott Sizemore injured his knee the first day of the spring, at third base. So expectations were low, low, low, and when the club had a nine-game losing streak in May and fell 13 games out in June, those appeared justified. But Oakland suddenly found a lot of answers in the second half, most of which should put the A's in good stead in 2013 and perhaps beyond after winning the AL West on the final day of the season. They found a first-base tandem with promise in Brandon Moss and Chris Carter and a third baseman to compete with Sizemore next spring in Josh Donaldson. And most of all, Oakland got exper...
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