2009 Oakland Athletics Position Battles Fantasy Baseball Rankings,
1- Jason Giambi vs. Joe Dillon, DH/1B, Oakland Athletics
2- Ben Copeland Vs. Rajai Davis, OF, Oakland Athletics
3- Jerome Williams Vs. Dallas Braden, SP, Oakland Athletics
4- Kevin Cameron vs. Russ Springer, RP, Oakland Athletics
5- Tagg Bozied vs. Daric Barton, 1B, Oakland Athletics
#1, 2009 Oakland Athletics Position Battle, Jason Giambi vs. Joe Dillon, DH/1B
Here we have two aging sluggers, one a former superstar returning to where it all began, one trying to hang on by a thread. Can you guess which is which? Jason Giambi posted two good months last year, May and June, then returned to form as a player on the downslide. Giambi will be 38 years old this year, and while the Athletics will get decent production out of him, watch for Joe Dillon to start to pick up playing time, especially if Giambi gets injured. Joe Dillon will be fighting just to make the active roster out of Spring Training, because if he doesn’t, either Tagg Bozied and Daric Barton will play everyday and he will be quickly forgotten as an option.
#2, 2009 Oakland Athletics Position Battle, Ben Copeland Vs. Rajai Davis, OF
Rajai Davis was unleashed last year by the A’s as a runner, in a way that hasn’t been seen since the days of Ricky Henderson. But with Matt Holiday brought in, the outfield has become more settled, and with younger, just as fast with more pop in the bat Ben Copeland an option as on outfielder reservist, watch for Davis to go to the minors or get traded.
#3, 2009 Oakland Athletics Position Battle, Jerome Williams Vs. Dallas Braden, SP
Jerome Williams will be 27 this season, so this is his make or break year. Going into Spring Training, he has a chance to make the active roster, and possibly beat out Dallas Braden, who the A’s have never committed to placing in the rotation or in the bullpen. If Williams makes the rotation and Braden the bullpen, the A’s could have a very solid, though at this point unproven, pitching staff.
#4, 2009 Oakland Athletics Position Battle, Kevin Cameron vs. Russ Springer, RP
Kevin Cameron, the former Georgia Tech standout, is going up against Russ Springer for a spot in the bullpen. If Dallas Braden gets moved into the bullpen permanently, it could be a fight for their Oakland Athletic survival. Springer is 40 years old, and while he has had a resurgence in the last few years, the Athletics can do math, and know that the road for him is much shorter than it is for 29 year old Cameron. Is Cameron also a late bloomer? Spring Training could tell for both.
#5, 2009 Oakland Athletics Position Battle, Tagg Bozied vs. Daric Barton, 1B
Barton played everyday last year–barely. His September play looked good, even though he only put up two home runs, but he will be facing stiff competition from Tagg Bozied for the roster spot this spring. Tagg Bozied has shown good power potential in Memphis and Albuquerque over the last two seasons, and has a chance to prove his worth to the team this spring. With the potential of Jason Giambi getting hurt, and Joe Dillon under impressing again, both have a chance to play this year–the question is, who gets the shot first?