With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com is taking a look at a different aspect of this year's Athletics squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster. It's no easy task in some instances, considering numerous players will be in a battle for the final few spots: Catcher (2): Bruce Maxwell, Josh Phegley The A's will employ a platoon system behind the plate with Maxwell and Phegley. Dustin Garneau is also on the 40-man roster and could land a job with the team should things not work out with Maxwell, who is expected to reach a plea deal and avoid a trial for his October arrest on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. First base (1): Matt Olson Budding star Olson will man first base on Opening Day. The A's 2012 first-round Draft pick went bonkers at the plate during his 2017 rookie campaign, smashing 24 home runs in just 59 games. Second base (1): Jed Lowrie Lowrie returns for his 11th big league season and third consecutive as the A's second baseman. The organization's top position prospect, Franklin Barreto, is expected to wait his turn at Triple-A Nashville.
A's still have 25-man roster spots up for grabs
MLB.com | Feb 9