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Five A’s Names to Know

The Oakland A’s are coming off a stellar season, and with AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin leading the team, 2013 could be even better. Here are five players to watch.


Photos by: Michael Zagaris

The Superstar:

Yoenis Céspedes

The investment in the Cuban outfielder before the 2012 season paid off: The team was 82-46 with Céspedes in the lineup. Now, he’s about to break out as one of baseball’s best.

The New Kid:

Hiroyuki Nakajima

This year’s big international investment, Japanese shortstop Nakajima, already endeared himself to fans when he called general manager Billy Beane “extremely sexy and cool.”

The Big Bat:

Josh Reddick

The bearded right-fielder had a breakout season last year—his first as a full-time starter—swatting 32 home runs. Look for him to keep mashing in the middle of the A's slugging lineup.

The Backstop:

John Jaso

The newly acquired catcher will play a key role in leading the young but awesome pitching staff.

The Ace:

Brett Anderson

The lefty pitcher has 68 career starts, making him a seasoned vet compared to most of the team. When he’s healthy, watch out.

The Oakland A’s home opener is April 1 against the Seattle Mariners. oaklandathletics.com.


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