Oakland Athletics: The battle for second base

GOODYEAR, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 28: Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics follows through on a swing against the Cincinnati Reds during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on February 28, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 28: Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics follows through on a swing against the Cincinnati Reds during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on February 28, 2020 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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The Oakland Athletics have four players vying to be their starting second baseman. Let’s take a look at the candidates.

For the most part, the Oakland Athletics roster is set. There will be the usual battles for those final spots in the bullpen, and to fill out the bench, but the starting lineup is practically set in stone. All that remains is for the A’s to get through the shutdown, and the restarted spring training, healthy.

There is, however, one spot in the lineup that has yet to be determined. Second base is a quagmire, with four players competing for the starting role or a spot on the bench. Three of these players do not have any minor league options left. The fourth, Rule V draftee Vimael Machin, has to remain in the majors all season, or be sent back to the Cubs.

Further complicating matters is the presence of Chad Pinder. The A’s super utility player has made 71 appearances at second base over his career. He will likely get the occasional start at the keystone, as he fills in around the diamond. However, depending on who the A’s use as their primary second baseman, Pinder could find himself as part of a platoon at the position.

Considering that his super utility spot appears assured, Pinder will not be considered as a part of this battle. Let us take a look at the candidates to be the starting second baseman of the Oakland Athletics.

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