Tuesday, March 2, 2010

A's Add Depth to Their Pitching Staff

The A's made a couple of additions to their roster on Monday, re-signing Brett Tomko and they're also bringing former Rockies' starter, Jason Jennings.

Tomko threw very well for the A's after coming over from the Yankees towards the end of last season, posting a 4-1 mark over 6 starts, with a 2.95 in 36 innings. Unfortunately, he got hurt in one of his last scheduled starts of the season, and it his arm problem will keep him out until May at the earliest. Jennings, I believe, was brought in as insurance for Justin Duchsherer and possibly could fill a void in the A's rotation if need be, or can serve as a long reliever. Jennings had a decent year with Texas as a full-time reliever in 2009, sporting a 4.13 era in 61 innings of work. Neither of these guys will be expected to be full-time contributors to the A's rotation or bullpen, but both can fill a variety of roles and are coming of respectable campaigns, so I do see the logic in adding the depth.

The A's get their Cactus League schedule underway on Thursday as they take on the Chicago Cubs in Peroia. Here's how I expect their lineup to shape up for the ballgame (remember, no DH in NL park):

LF Rajai Davis
CF Coco Crisp
1B Jake Fox
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
C Kurt Suzuki
RF Ryan Sweeney
2B Mark Ellis
SS Cliff Pennington
P Brett Anderson

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