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March 26, 2012
An already difficult season for the A's got harder when third baseman Scott Sizemore blew out his knee on Feb. 25, putting him out for the season. Oakland is looking at utility infielders Eric Sogard and Adam Rosales, as well as converted catcher Josh Donaldson, to fill the hole. But perhaps a better answer lies outside the organization. The signing of Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes created a logjam in centerfield because the A's had previously re-signed Coco Crisp to play there. Meanwhile in Miami, the Marlins have blocked former No. 1 pick Matt Dominguez by moving Hanley Ramirez to third base. The Marlins themselves are using a utility player, Emilio Bonifacio in center, so why not see if they would take Crisp for Dominguez? Dominguez is a glove-first cornerman who fits the Athletics' current emphasis on defense, and he's cost-controlled though 2017. There's a question as to whether he will hit; however, the A's have nothing to lose by giving him a season to find out. The team would also get out from under a now redundant deal with a veteran centerfielder and allow them to commit to Cespedes.
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March 26, 2012

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An already difficult season for the A's got harder when third baseman Scott Sizemore blew out his knee on Feb. 25, putting him out for the season. Oakland is looking at utility infielders Eric Sogard and Adam Rosales, as well as converted catcher Josh Donaldson, to fill the hole. But perhaps a better answer lies outside the organization. The signing of Cuban star Yoenis Cespedes created a logjam in centerfield because the A's had previously re-signed Coco Crisp to play there. Meanwhile in Miami, the Marlins have blocked former No. 1 pick Matt Dominguez by moving Hanley Ramirez to third base. The Marlins themselves are using a utility player, Emilio Bonifacio in center, so why not see if they would take Crisp for Dominguez? Dominguez is a glove-first cornerman who fits the Athletics' current emphasis on defense, and he's cost-controlled though 2017. There's a question as to whether he will hit; however, the A's have nothing to lose by giving him a season to find out. The team would also get out from under a now redundant deal with a veteran centerfielder and allow them to commit to Cespedes.

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