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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
315 .248 4 33 27 9 .247 1.2
Birth Date6-15-1984
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age30 years, 4 months, 6 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
4.92010
0.82011
1.82012
0.92013
2.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 OAK 24 36 117 99 14 24 5 0 0 29 13 18 2 1 2 9 4 1 .242 .339 .293 .240 2.7 -1.8 0.1
2009 OAK 25 60 229 208 27 58 11 3 4 87 19 46 1 0 1 21 7 5 .279 .342 .418 .257 8.4 0.3 0.9
2010 OAK 26 156 576 508 64 127 26 8 6 187 50 96 3 3 12 46 29 5 .250 .319 .368 .261 33.2 13.2 4.9
2011 OAK 27 148 570 515 57 136 26 2 8 190 42 104 1 4 8 58 14 9 .264 .319 .369 .254 19.1 -11.9 0.8
2012 OAK 28 125 462 418 50 90 18 2 6 130 35 90 2 2 5 28 15 6 .215 .278 .311 .234 7.5 9.6 1.8
2013 ARI 29 96 299 269 25 65 13 1 1 83 26 54 1 1 2 18 2 0 .242 .310 .309 .233 6.1 2.6 0.9
2014 ARI 30 68 201 177 21 45 5 3 2 62 20 36 3 0 1 10 6 1 .254 .340 .350 .271 9.3 0.6 1.1
Career6892454219425854510419277682054441311311907727.248.315.350.25086.412.710.5

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 KNC A 69 334 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 STO A+ 46 202 .222 .286 .367 .433 .288 .243 101 -6.8 4.8 2.2 -1.5 2.3 1.1 -0.0 1.1 -0.0
2006 ATH Rk 9 32 .432 .263 .349 .377 .267 .500 98 6.1 1.0 0.3 0.4 -0.4 6.7 0.7 6.7 0.7
2007 STO A+ 68 333 .274 .259 .339 .402 .262 .296 99 5.6 10.4 4.5 -3.9 0.4 21.5 1.7 21.5 1.7
2007 MID AA 70 314 .247 .269 .342 .408 .262 .280 104 -4.3 9.2 3.9 0.2 0.6 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
2008 OAK MLB 36 117 .240 .268 .333 .417 .259 .293 98 -2.5 3.4 0.4 -1.8 0.6 2.7 0.1 2.7 0.1
2008 MID AA 50 244 .267 .272 .347 .415 .284 .314 89 1.9 7.3 2.1 3.1 2.0 15.2 1.8 15.2 1.8
2008 SAC AAA 65 294 .282 .281 .350 .447 .258 .335 107 7.3 8.9 2.8 8.7 0.8 21.7 2.9 21.7 2.9
2009 OAK MLB 60 229 .257 .260 .331 .413 .258 .342 101 -0.7 6.6 3 0.3 0.2 8.4 0.9 8.4 0.9
2009 SAC AAA 99 417 .269 .275 .343 .431 .273 .298 91 4 12.1 4.4 0.0 6.5 26.6 2.6 26.6 2.6
2010 OAK MLB 156 576 .261 .257 .323 .405 .257 .296 100 0.4 15.9 7.3 13.2 4.2 33.2 4.9 33.2 4.9
2011 OAK MLB 148 570 .254 .255 .316 .398 .258 .314 97 -3.3 15.4 7.1 -11.9 -1.3 19.1 0.8 19.1 0.8
2012 OAK MLB 125 462 .234 .254 .315 .406 .261 .259 95 -12.1 12.7 4.3 9.6 2.9 7.5 1.8 7.5 1.8
2012 SAC AAA 3 14 .426 .254 .318 .400 .254 .714 83 2.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 0.2 4.3 0.4 4.3 0.4
2013 ARI MLB 96 299 .233 .253 .317 .396 .260 .298 103 -7.8 7.9 2.2 2.6 3.0 6.1 0.9 6.1 0.9
2014 ARI MLB 68 201 .271 .251 .311 .384 .259 .309 104 2.2 5.2 1 0.6 0.2 9.3 1.1 9.3 1.1
2014 RNO AAA 4 17 .351 .294 .354 .511 .272 .417 106 1.6 0.5 0.1 0.1 -0.2 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2014 DIA Rk 5 22 .397 .241 .315 .323 .252 .533 95 3.3 0.8 0 -0.6 -0.1 4.0 0.3 4.0 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 KNC A 334 49 80 15 0 3 29 39 47 25 6 .276 .363 .359 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 STO A+ 202 36 36 7 0 2 21 24 35 7 1 .203 .302 .277 .073 .222 1.1 -1.5 -0.0
2006 ATH Rk 32 3 13 3 1 0 6 4 2 0 0 .464 .531 .643 .179 .432 6.7 0.4 0.7
2007 MID AA 314 41 68 13 2 2 21 38 35 8 2 .251 .343 .336 .085 .247 10.9 0.2 1.1
2007 STO A+ 333 50 73 17 3 6 36 43 54 9 2 .255 .353 .399 .143 .274 21.5 -3.9 1.7
2008 SAC AAA 294 47 70 9 3 2 16 54 34 11 5 .297 .423 .386 .089 .282 21.7 8.7 2.9
2008 MID AA 244 42 53 7 2 0 18 39 36 20 1 .260 .377 .314 .054 .267 15.2 3.1 1.8
2008 OAK MLB 117 14 24 5 0 0 9 13 18 4 1 .242 .339 .293 .051 .240 2.7 -1.8 0.1
2009 SAC AAA 417 48 95 22 3 3 40 45 54 27 4 .264 .344 .367 .103 .269 26.6 0.0 2.6
2009 OAK MLB 229 27 58 11 3 4 21 19 46 7 5 .279 .342 .418 .139 .257 8.4 0.3 0.9
2010 OAK MLB 576 64 127 26 8 6 46 50 96 29 5 .250 .319 .368 .118 .261 33.2 13.2 4.9
2011 OAK MLB 570 57 136 26 2 8 58 42 104 14 9 .264 .319 .369 .105 .254 19.1 -11.9 0.8
2012 SAC AAA 14 2 5 1 0 0 1 3 4 1 0 .455 .571 .545 .091 .426 4.3 0.0 0.4
2012 OAK MLB 462 50 90 18 2 6 28 35 90 15 6 .215 .278 .311 .096 .234 7.5 9.6 1.8
2013 ARI MLB 299 25 65 13 1 1 18 26 54 2 0 .242 .310 .309 .067 .233 6.1 2.6 0.9
2014 RNO AAA 17 3 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 .385 .529 .385 .000 .351 2.0 0.1 0.2
2014 ARI MLB 201 21 45 5 3 2 10 20 36 6 1 .254 .340 .350 .096 .271 9.3 0.6 1.1
2014 DIA Rk 22 2 8 1 0 0 5 3 4 0 0 .421 .500 .474 .053 .397 4.0 -0.6 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 467 0.5332 0.4518 0.8578 0.6506 0.2248 0.8765 0.7959 0.1422
2009 915 0.5486 0.4737 0.8129 0.6494 0.2591 0.8650 0.6542 0.1871
2010 2286 0.5411 0.4451 0.8698 0.6023 0.2564 0.9275 0.7100 0.1292
2011 2291 0.5469 0.4472 0.8486 0.5858 0.2794 0.8896 0.7448 0.1484
2012 1868 0.5359 0.4609 0.8035 0.6194 0.2768 0.8597 0.6583 0.1919
2013 1137 0.5101 0.4670 0.8245 0.6466 0.2783 0.8720 0.7097 0.1717
2014 811 0.5253 0.4328 0.8462 0.6127 0.2338 0.9004 0.6889 0.1510
Career97750.53690.45310.8390.61440.26510.88870.70540.1585

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-02 2014-08-06 15-DL 65 54 Left Thumb Recovery From Previous Injury Sprain -
2014-05-28 2014-06-01 DTD 4 4 Left Thumb Sprain Opponent Sliding Into Glove -
2012-07-20 2012-08-07 15-DL 18 17 Left Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2012-04-03 2012-04-06 DTD 3 0 - Groin Strain - -
2011-09-24 2011-09-29 DTD 5 5 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique - -
2011-08-02 2011-08-05 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Nerve Injury Bell's Palsey - -
2011-04-12 2011-04-13 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Infection Sweat Gland In Armpit -
2010-10-08 2010-10-08 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum Tear 2010-10-08
2010-09-21 2010-09-21 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2010-04-19 2010-04-20 DTD 1 0 Right Hand Contusion -
2006-06-25 2006-09-06 Minors 73 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ARI $3,250,000
2013 ARI $1,750,000
2012 OAK $490,000
2011 OAK $420,000
2010 OAK $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,065,000
2011Current$3,250,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$6,315,000
5 yrTotal$6,315,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 114 dMatt Sosnick2 years/$5M (2013-14)

Details
  • 2 years/$5M (2013-14). Signed by Arizona 1/13 (avoided arbitration, $2.8M-$1.8M). $1M signing bonus. 13:$1.25M, 14:$2.75M.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Oakland 10/20/12.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/21/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Oakland 8/12/08.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2005 (1-21) (Texas A&M). Signed 6/05, $1.45M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 304 35 76 16 2 4 29 29 53 10 3 .285 .352 .412 .280 16.9 2B 3, SS 0 2.2
80o 285 32 69 15 2 4 27 26 51 9 3 .272 .338 .392 .268 12.6 2B 3, SS 0 1.7
70o 272 30 64 13 2 4 25 24 49 8 3 .262 .327 .378 .259 9.8 2B 2, SS 0 1.4
60o 261 28 58 12 2 3 23 23 48 8 3 .254 .318 .366 .252 7.6 2B 2, SS 0 1.1
50o 250 26 56 12 2 3 22 21 46 7 2 .247 .309 .355 .245 5.6 2B 2, SS 0 0.9
40o 239 24 52 11 2 3 20 20 45 7 2 .239 .300 .344 .238 3.8 2B 2, SS 0 0.7
30o 228 23 47 10 1 3 19 18 43 6 2 .231 .291 .332 .231 2.1 2B 2, SS 0 0.5
20o 215 21 42 9 1 2 17 16 41 6 2 .222 .281 .319 .223 0.2 2B 2, SS 0 0.2
10o 196 18 37 8 1 2 15 14 39 5 2 .209 .266 .300 .211 -2.1 2B 2, SS 0 0.0
Weighted Mean2532757122322224773.249.312.359.2476.22B 2, SS 00.9

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 42% 4% 10% 88%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201531301316313142625588.233.298.335.2350.62.91.01.910.5-10.52.8
201632378377217143136809.214.291.308.2240.0-3.01.12.314.9-21.33.5
201733609631262637525412014.233.303.332.2361.36.01.63.514.9-14.15.6
201834603581222534474912012.227.290.309.2240.4-2.01.33.414.9-21.65.5
20193556253111232444451119.222.286.304.2220.2-3.41.03.014.9-22.45.2
20203661058119243446501248.218.285.297.219-0.0-5.70.93.114.9-24.75.6
20213756053109212240491157.221.292.287.220-0.1-5.80.62.814.9-24.15.1
20223861057119233445511265.217.284.289.216-0.2-7.70.72.914.9-26.25.6
20233962758122233345511294.217.281.286.215-0.2-8.00.82.814.9-26.65.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
67.927.526116.513.6138.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Chris Burke 2010 .000 DNP
2 87 Brendan Ryan 2012 .228
3 86 Jason Bartlett 2010 .246
4 85 Ramon Vazquez 2007 .236
5 85 Edgar Renteria 2007 .287
6 84 D'Angelo Jimenez 2008 .000 DNP
7 84 John Valentin 1997 .289
8 84 Alan Trammell 1988 .316
9 84 Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 .347
10 84 Miguel Tejada 2004 .300
11 84 Barry Larkin 1994 .271
12 83 Michael Young 2007 .273
13 82 Mark Ellis 2007 .280
14 82 J.J. Hardy 2013 .268
15 82 Freddy Sanchez 2008 .241
16 82 Ronny Cedeno 2013 .228
17 82 Jack Wilson 2008 .229
18 81 Mike Fontenot 2010 .259
19 81 Ryan Theriot 2010 .244
20 81 Chone Figgins 2008 .246
21 81 Rafael Furcal 2008 .347
22 81 Denis Menke 1971 .263
23 80 Ramon Santiago 2010 .241
24 80 Derek Jeter 2004 .278
25 80 Jim Fregosi 1972 .273
26 80 Roy Smalley 1983 .298
27 80 Felix Mantilla 1965 .276
28 79 Rich Aurilia 2002 .251
29 79 Cristian Guzman 2008 .284
30 79 Brendan Harris 2011 .000 DNP
31 79 Alberto Gonzalez 2013 .186
32 79 Lou Whitaker 1987 .274
33 79 Felipe Lopez 2010 .254
34 79 Skip Schumaker 2010 .254
35 79 Alexei Ramirez 2012 .229
36 79 Jose Vidro 2005 .261
37 79 Angel Berroa 2010 .000 DNP
38 79 Orlando Hudson 2008 .278
39 79 Gil McDougald 1958 .258
40 79 Bobby Crosby 2010 .220
41 79 Tom Tresh 1969 .238
42 78 George Kell 1953 .296
43 78 Matt Tolbert 2012 .000 DNP
44 78 Willie Harris 2008 .269
45 78 Paul Janish 2013 .159
46 78 Alex Gonzalez 2007 .263
47 78 Buddy Bell 1982 .297
48 78 Jeff Cirillo 2000 .263
49 78 Roberto Alomar 1998 .267
50 78 Jeff Blauser 1996 .281
51 78 Akinori Iwamura 2009 .263
52 78 Tim Teufel 1989 .261
53 78 Stephen Drew 2013 .282
54 78 Chuck Knoblauch 1999 .289
55 77 Alex Cintron 2009 .079
56 77 Bill Doran 1988 .257
57 77 Bobby Avila 1954 .315
58 77 Chris Sabo 1992 .259
59 77 Mitch Maier 2012 .214
60 77 Kevin Seitzer 1992 .263
61 77 Ron Hansen 1968 .241
62 77 Randy Ready 1990 .248
63 77 Bill Madlock 1981 .330
64 77 Brooks Robinson 1967 .283
65 77 Mike Aviles 2011 .239
66 77 Alvin Dark 1952 .299
67 77 Dickie Thon 1988 .279
68 77 Marcus Giles 2008 .000 DNP
69 77 Brian Roberts 2008 .288
70 77 Yuniesky Betancourt 2012 .230
71 77 Ray Boone 1954 .286
72 77 Casey McGehee 2013 .000 DNP
73 77 Jimmy Rollins 2009 .251
74 77 Adam Everett 2007 .207
75 77 Nick Punto 2008 .255
76 77 Jay Bell 1996 .242
77 77 Craig Biggio 1996 .285
78 76 Carney Lansford 1987 .289
79 76 Antonio Perez 2010 .000 DNP
80 76 Nyjer Morgan 2011 .269
81 76 Tony Fernandez 1992 .258
82 76 Wally Moon 1960 .290
83 76 Brandon Phillips 2011 .285
84 76 Davey Johnson 1973 .319
85 76 Solly Hemus 1953 .290
86 76 Shannon Stewart 2004 .283
87 76 Don Money 1977 .284
88 76 Aaron Hill 2012 .296
89 76 Terry Puhl 1987 .219
90 76 Reed Johnson 2007 .225
91 76 Ryne Sandberg 1990 .317
92 76 Bip Roberts 1994 .271
93 76 Todd Zeile 1996 .267
94 76 Frank Catalanotto 2004 .248
95 76 Rance Mulliniks 1986 .262
96 76 Josh Wilson 2011 .238
97 76 Coco Crisp 2010 .281
98 76 Khalil Greene 2010 .000 DNP
99 76 Graig Nettles 1975 .274
100 76 Vern Stephens 1951 .281

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .231 .288 .300 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .243 .310 .340 .248
18 Split (Multi) .011 .022 .040 .022
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .247 .318 .320 .247
31 vs R (2013) .238 .305 .302 .222
38 Split (2013) -.009 -.012 -.017 -.026
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Pennington's bat was a poor fit for Oakland, where his inclination toward hitting the ball in the air caused his value to be sucked dry by the Coliseum's super-sized foul territory. The change of scenery should do well to highlight his strengths. The Diamondbacks will look to Pennington to buffer the infield defense, and any offensive production will just be icing on the cake for a team that endured a carousel of light-hitting shortstops last season. There is an outside chance Pennington fulfills his first-round promise in the desert.
2012 A first-round selection in the 2005 draft, Pennington has emerged as the starting shortstop the last two and a half seasons, but his production in 2011 was barely above replacement level. Normally seen as a glove-first type who has flashed some offensive prowess in the past, Pennington saw his defensive value sink after a very solid 2010 campaign, though his offensive production in 2011 was eerily similar to his previous season. Points for offensive consistency, but Pennington loses points for not providing much offensive production. His slash line would be acceptable if the glove were elite, but sadly, the glove is closer to good than great, and with more flash than fire, the bat isnít strong enough to carry the weight.
2011 Pennington does not hit for power or make contact with any regularity, but he draws walks at a league-average clip and steals a few bases, which enables him to escape "out machine" territory. Given the sorry state of league-wide offense at his position, his meager work with the lumber made Pennington the most productive offensive shortstop in the AL last season after accounting for his cavernous home park. His real strength lies in the field. He possesses above-average range to both sides and very good fundamentals. His is one of the more underrated skill sets in the game; there simply aren't nearly 30 legitimate shortstop gloves in the majors, so positional scarcity makes Pennington's value greater than his numbers might suggest. Off-season shoulder surgery will delay the start of his spring training, but he's expected to be ready for Opening Day.
2010 Once it became clear that the ship that had carried Bobby Crosby off to the underworld would not be returning him to port and Orlando Cabrera had been dealt to Minnesota, Pennington became the starting shortstop for the last two months of the season. He enters 2010 with little competition for the job. One of those players where his greatest strength might be a lack a weaknesses, Pennington sprays singles to all fields with a contact-oriented approach, yet he draws enough walks as well, while also being a solid, if unspectacular defender. He's the kind of player that can hold the job down and not hurt the team, but Oakland will be looking for something better, waiting for Grant Green to arrive.
2009 A first-round pick in 2005, Pennington has had a slow rise through the system. Last year he finally enjoyed an OBP-fueled breakout season at Triple-A, which earned him time in Oakland at the end of the year, filling in at all three non-first infield positions. Pennington has two big league-level skills: outstanding plate discipline and a very good arm. He's a bit stretched range-wise on the left side, but he holds his own there, and he has likely replaced Donnie Murphy as the primary infield reserve. With three injury-prone starters penciled in at second, short, and third, perhaps no utility infielder is guaranteed more playing time than Oakland's.
2008 Pennington is a gritty, gutsy grinder. In fact, the only "g"-word he's missing is "good." As a switch-hitter with excellent fundamentals, lots of energy, above-average speed, and soft hands in the field, he might have value as a utility man, but he just hasn't hit enough to provide any evidence that he was worth the A's' first-round pick in 2005.
2007 Cliff Pennington, was the 21st overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Texas A&M, and held his own that summer in the Midwest League. Last year he hit just .203 in the California League and saw his season derailed by a bad hamstring.
2006 The A`s 2005 1st-round pick, Pennington runs well, and while he`s not regarded as a defensive savant, he gets the job done and projects to handle the position in the majors. It`s unusual--at least outside of this system--to see someone with such an advanced idea of the strike zone but who has yet to really leverage it into either power or contact hitting ability. His college numbers were not all that impressive at A&M, especially on the home run front. Kinsler and Barmes provide some sense of Pennington`s upside, but this pick was a little heavy on the projection/makeup side.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cardinals are about to sign Kelly Shoppach FYI. The cardinals were supposedly looking for SS but had no luck. Pete Kozma, Ryan Jackson, nor Greg Garcia are the answers so who is?
(Bubba from STL)
I thought Alexei Ramirez made sense for them before the rumors of their interest popped up. It's really hard to find a MLB-quality shortstop out there (which is something that we perhaps don't take into account enough when talking about the Iglesias and Gregorius deals). Maybe they reunite with Brendan Ryan, or Arizona decides to move Cliff Pennington for some reason? I don't know. St. Louis may not have a choice but to roll with what they've got. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cliff Pennington a top 10 AL SS?
(Abe Froman from Chicago)
Well, there are only 14 starting SSs in the AL, and some that aren't very good, so yeah, Pennington is 9 or 10. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)With the A's season is over, what offensive players should be brought back? The only ones I definitely bring back are Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore.
(Tom from Madison)
Well, Kurt Suzuki isn't going anywhere, Chris Carter will be worth playing, and maybe Daric Barton will have hit his way back to the majors by then. Other than that--I was going to say Cliff Pennington (who was actually Oakland's most valuable player last season, according to WARP), though it would be better if the A's could arrange to bring back his glove and substitute someone else's bat. However, I've just noticed that FRAA seems to hate him this season as much as it loved him in 2010. Anyone noticed any big change in Pennington's play in the field? (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: This season, Derek Jeter is Cliff Pennington with a worse glove?
(Eric from Denver)
I just really, really wanted to see this in print. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: This season, Derek Jeter is Cliff Pennington with a worse glove? ================== Should have read: This season, Derek Jeter is *Chad* Pennington with a better arm?
(dianagramr from NYC)
A winner is you. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)How good or bad should A's fans feel about Cliff Pennington at short in 2010?
(Ryan from Utica)
OK, a more substantive A's question. ;) I'm happy to see Pennington get a chance, because it's clear he doesn't have much left to learn in Sacramento, but guess I worry about what it'll mean for the A's pitching staff, given that the expectation's always been that he makes a better second baseman than a shortstop. His arm's pretty good, but scouty comments about his range don't jibe with some of the statistical metrics (Plus/Minus in particular). Still, it isn't like we're talking about Luis Hernandez. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the AL West appearing so winnable, can the A's really afford to give Bobby "Bones" Crosby a season's worth of at-bats? And what better options are still out there (either in-house or via FA) besides the obvious one in Orlando Cabrera?
(Adam from Italy)
It really does seem to be down to Cabrera, especially since so many of the Kathy Griffin D-listers (I'm looking at you, Adam Everett) are already under contract. But I guess I'm a little more sanguine, in that I'd be willing to risk Cliff Pennington for long stretches. The problem's more one of the additional questions over Eric Chavez's playability and availability, and how well Mark Ellis bounces back from his latest spin with the injury bug, because that's an entire infield's worth of unknowns that no amount of happy thoughts get to go away. (Christina Kahrl)


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