MESA, Ariz. -- The A's are more than ready to spring into action. They've been idle since walking off the field at Kauffman Stadium, a heart-wrenching, 12-inning loss to the Royals in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game behind them.
They're eager for more, having been prematurely bounced from postseason play in each of the last three years, and they've brought in a slew of new faces to help them achieve this.
A's general manager Billy Beane orchestrated nine trades involving 27 players this past offseason, reconstructing his roster with an influx of youth and depth. Soon, he'll see the pieces come together on the field.
"Our organization does a great job of targeting the type of players that we want," said manager Bob Melvin. "We evaluate things maybe a little differently than most teams, but we're really excited about the group that we have here."
Oakland pitchers and catchers reported to their new Spring Training facilities on Thursday, and their first official workout is scheduled for Friday at the Minor League complex, Fitch Park. Position players will arrive soon after, reporting to camp on Tuesday. The club's first full-squad workout is on tap for Wednesday.
The A's open the Cactus League season March 3 against the defending World Series champion Giants with a 12:05 p.m. PT start at their new Spring Training home, the newly renovated Hohokam Park in Mesa. They spent the previous 33 years playing in Phoenix.
Camp will feature competition at several positions, notably in the starting rotation. Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir are the only locks, leaving as many as seven pitchers in the hunt for three open spots. That group includes a pair of familiar faces in Jesse Chavez and Drew Pomeranz, some new ones -- Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin -- and one that hasn't donned an A's uniform since 2006: Barry Zito, who is joining the club in camp on a Minor League deal.