A's Green Ready To Compete For Big League Time
OAKLAND—There appears to be a big battle brewing for spring training,
and Grant Green
plans to insert himself right in the middle of the
The A's expect to have an opening at second base for the 2013 season,
and Green refuses to let anyone forget that he is a candidate for the
job. The former shortstop and outfielder attended the Arizona Fall
League to learn the position, and he is spending his offseason working
on the nuances.
"He embraced a third trip to the Fall League to learn the skill," farm
director Keith Lieppman said. "Most guys would not be happy about going
for the third time, but he embraced it. That says a whole lot about his
character and desire to get there. I admire him for doing that. He said,
'I'll do whatever it takes to get to the big leagues. If this is the
road you think will help me, I'll do it.'"
The competition could be intense for the position. Jemile Weeks
the job for most of 2012 but struggled with both the bat and glove
before being sent to Triple-A. Scott Sizemore
returns from injury, and
other in-house candidates will include Adam Rosales
and Eric Sogard
Green believes his time in Arizona has helped him learn.
"I think it went well," said Green, who the A's recently added to their
40-man roster. "I went down there to learn second base . . . I was able
to grasp all the different things that went into it, like turning two,
the different positioning. It was a good thing for me to go."
He plans to spend more time during the offseason working with his
friend, Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa
, to further improve his
Green, 25, has been battling since the A's made him the 13th player
selected in the 2009 draft. His bat has impressed, but the problem has
been finding a position for the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder. He had been
expected to be the shortstop of the future, but the A's determined that
he lacked the arm strength to make the long throw. So they gave him time
in the outfield, then at third base. He has diligently worked to learn
the positions, with his bat continuing to keep him a solid prospect.
The A's had expected Weeks to own second for the foreseeable future, but
his struggles in '12 led to reconsideration and Green was moved to the
position that may be his best natural fit. Green's versatility could
also make him an asset, since he can fill in at different positions.
"It could be the type of thing where once I get there (the majors), I
stay there, Green said. "Playing different positions can help with that.
It's going to come sooner or later; it's just a matter of time."
• Coaches Rick Magnante and Craig Lefferts spent part of their offseason
in South Africa working with that country's national team and teaching
baseball. Pitching coordinator Scott Emerson toured Europe working in
• The A's sent righty Graham Godfrey
to the Red Sox to acquire reliever
, though Rosario then went back to Boston on a waiver
claim. Godfrey has performed well in the minors, and several members of
the staff expect him to become an effective big league starter.