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Thursday, November 19, 2009
A's going young in 2010

It looks like a fairly boring winter for the A's, at least if you believe Billy Beane ...

Beane's problem isn't that he's got holes to fill. Wallace and Carter are both legitimate prospects, even if both might eventually wind up at the wrong end of the defensive spectrum. But the A's might be able to field decent players at every position by the middle of next summer, particularly if Daric Barton's September was more than a mirage.

That's the problem, though. Everybody's just decent. Is there going to be a single star in the lineup next season? Sure, Wallace and Carter both have potential, but both also have limitations and they're likely to be exposed as rookies. And without any stars, the A's will be like the Angels without Chone Figgins and Kendry Morales and Torii Hunter and Erick Aybar.

Every year I pick the A's, and every year they finish well behind the Angels.

Well, not in 2010. Not this time.

Now, about 2011 ...