Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/21/14
The 2012 A's were filled with players that were x-factors. Did anyone think that Brandon Moss would stake a claim to the first base job and become one of the best sluggers in the league? Did anyone think that Josh Reddick, a guy who was a part-time player in Boston in 2011, would become one of the more beloved and dangerous players on the A's? Hell, did anyone think that Sean Doolittle, a converted infielder, would be one of the team's best relievers in 2012? I doubt many people answered "yes" to any of those questions. But when looking at the 2013 A's, it's a lot tougher to find an x-factor. You know all of these names after they had breakout years in 2012. My x-factor for the Oakland Athletics in 2013 is Chris Young. Now, you're probably seeing that name and scoffing. Chris Young was a star with the Diamondbacks, and has three 20/20 seasons under his belt. But after the A's picked him up in October, he's almost fallen off the rad...
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