Oakland Athletics: Three free agents to consider
By David Hill
In theory, the Oakland Athletics have plenty of outfield depth, with Robbie Grossman as the fourth outfielder and super utility man Chad Pinder as an option.
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The problem is that the A’s also have an unsettled position at second base. Tony Kemp, who could also play in the outfield, and Franklin Barreto are the nominal favorites to platoon at the position. The problem is that neither has a track record of sustained success at the major league level, which could push Pinder into a more regular role at the keystone.
Should that happen, the A’s will need another depth option in the outfield. Austin Jackson could be a solid fit as a fifth outfielder, a player with decent power and on base skills who can play all three positions.
After sitting out the entire 2019 season, Jackson indicated that he is looking to return to the majors, willing to sign if a team was interested. At this point, he would likely command a minor league deal, with the chance to make the majors should he perform well once spring training resumes. If he can return to his 2017 form, Jackson would be a bargain.
The Oakland Athletics could still use more depth in the outfield. Austin Jackson would certainly be worth a look.