The Oakland Athletics have a number of question marks in the rotation heading into the spring. We still have over a month left before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, so there's time left for GM David Forst to make some adjustments to the roster.
We can say with confidence that JP Sears and Paul Blackburn will start the year in the A's rotation. Those two guys have had enough success at the big league level to warrant their inclusion regardless of the performance of anyone else in the discussion.
Ken Waldichuk was penciled into the rotation as well, but his injury status is unclear. The lefty underwent surgery to address a flexor tendon injury in his throwing elbow back in November. The A's mentioned at the time that they hoped Waldichuk would be ready for spring training but we haven't gotten any updates in the last two months.
Assuming that Waldichuk is part of the rotation when healthy, that leaves two open spots on the A's staff, with ten guys vying for the chance to pitch in Oakland. Let's take a look at some of the options and try to predict where they end up at the end of March.