OAKLAND -- The A's will open Spring Training later this week with all their position-player jobs settled, opening the door for early inquiries about lineup possibilities.
Manager Bob Melvin, who utilized 106 lineups last season when excluding Interleague Play, will have several right-handed power toys to play with in the middle of the order, including newcomer Khris Davis, who could see plenty of time in the cleanup spot, sandwiched between Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt. Danny Valencia could handle those duties on some days, too.
Will the club hit Billy Burns and Jed Lowrie, its only two switch-hitters, back to back? Where does Lowrie fit best? Where will Mark Canha hit when in the lineup? Could Coco Crisp resume leadoff duties when healthy? And could increased production from Marcus Semien move him up in the order?
While these and other questions will be sorted out over the next couple of months, here is an early look at how the A's lineup could shake out. Also included are rotation and bullpen projections as part of a continuing Spring Training preview package.
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