They say too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
Of course, not if you’re an A’s fan, and that “thing” is extra depth in the infield and outfield. Especially if two proven, veteran players are providing that depth.
The A’s made a few big trades this offseason, acquiring outfielder Chris Young and shortstop Jed Lowrie. Both have been premier starting players in the big leagues, but will be asked to be role players with Oakland.
Their outfield was already crowded before Young entered the picture, with Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes, and Coco Crisp as the starters and Seth Smith as the DH who occasionally got starts in left field.
Now, add in a great fielder and 20+ home run hitter in Young, who seemingly will be the odd-man out. Manager Bob Melvin says Young will be bouncing around in the outfield, playing multiple positions.
Same goes for Jed Lowrie, who the A’s gave up Chris Carter to bring in, a move they might regret.
Lowrie will essentially play any infield position, and he says that he has no issue with it.
“I’m an everyday shortstop that can play other positions,” he said.
So unlike the rival Angels, who have loaded up their roster with big-name superstars, the A’s have quietly built up a solid roster filled with depth at every position.