A's Drop Linden, Option Devine?

Monday, March 17, 2008

According to the SF Gate, the Athletics will likely option or drop Todd Linden, despite hitting .633 in 26-at bats. Linden really didn't pick the best team to join. Over the off season the A's acquired several young outfielders and have several other ones to fill the spot. There simply is just not a lot of room. Also, the Athletics have decided to option Joey Devine to minor league camp instead of bringing him to Japan as well. He pitched well in ten games last season, but needs more time in the minors to improve. I think he would be up with the team if it wasn't for impressive Rule 5 pick Fernando Hernandez. Hernandez has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings this spring and has struck out seven while only walking two. This is obviously a rebuilding year for the Athletics, but they have several young players that could put them in contention in 2009.