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Athletics' Daniel Coulombe: Candidate for final bullpen spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coulombe, who posted a 3-1 record over 35 appearances for the A's last season, is a candidate for the final bullpen spot and has looked impressive thus far this spring, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The 27-year-old southpaw's handedness could be pivotal to him securing a bullpen spot in 2017, as Sean Doolittle is the only other lefty currently projected among Oakland's top six relievers. Despite not wielding an elite fastball, Coulombe flashed some impressive strikeout ability last season, generating a 10.20 K/9 on the strength of 54 whiffs over 47.2 innings. Manager Bob Melvin has already singled out Coulombe for praise in early workouts.

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Athletics' Sonny Gray: Impressive first time out against hitters
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Gray, who threw batting practice for the first time Monday, was impressive overall, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I didn't hold anything back and came away from it feeling good," he said. "I threw all my pitches; curveball, slider, changeup and my curveball was pretty good. I've been working on that, and to throw it for strikes was something I was happy with."

It's a modest but positive start to the spring for Gray, who is attempting to bounce back from the worst season of his four-year major league career in 2016. After back-to-back 14-win campaigns, Gray fell to 5-11 last season, posting career worsts in ERA (5.69) and WHIP (1.50) in the process. Bruce Maxwell, who caught Gray on Monday, was particularly impressed with the right-hander's changeup. Gray is also a designated pitcher on Team USA's roster in the WBC, although it remains to be seen if he'll see any game action in the tournament.

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Athletics' Adam Rosales: In line for "super utility" role in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rosales, who returned to the A's on a one-year, $1.25 million contract in January, could potentially back up five positions in 2017, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The veteran jack-of-all-trades may really get an opportunity to live up to his reputation for positional versatility this season, as he's projected to potentially back up all four infield positions and left field if necessary. For Rosales, who smacked a career-high 13 homers in 2016 but hit under .230 for the second consecutive season, his ability to provide solid defensive play wherever he's deployed has been the key to staying gainfully employed in the big leagues for nine seasons. Depending on how spring training plays out, the 33-year-old could serve as the A's' sole backup infielder in 2017.

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Athletics' Kendall Graveman: Displaying impressive command early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Graveman, who slots in as the A's' No. 3 starter going into spring training, has impressed manager Bob Melvin with his command thus far, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The 26-year-old righty, who brought his BB/9 down from 2015's 2.96 to 2.27 last season, is working on tightening up his control even further in the coming season. Graveman has been successful in that quest so far by all accounts, and is also focused on improving his changeup in an effort to keep right-handed hitters off balance. Gravemen looked impressive in what was his first time facing hitters Monday, and will engage in another round of batting practice later in the week.

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Athletics' Ryan Lavarnway: Looking to make mark in WBC and spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lavarnway, who agreed to a minor league contract with the A's on Nov. 30, is looking to make an impact in both the World Baseball Classic and with the A's this spring, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The veteran will depart A's camp on Feb. 27 to play for Team Israel in Seoul, South Korea, and will be busy before and after the tournament trying to make his mark on his new team. The former Red Sox prospect, who was a sixth-round pick in 2008 out of Yale, has hit only .198 over 134 major league games in stints with Boston, the Orioles and Braves. However, Oakland is reportedly impressed with his ability to handle pitchers, and he also comes to the Bay Area on the recommendation of former A's and current Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis, who was familiar with Lavarnway from his time in the Boston organization. Manager Bob Melvin has described Lavarnway as a possible "late bloomer" from his observations thus far, and he could certainly carve a out a spot for himself on the major league roster considering the club's relative dearth of right-handed backstop depth behind Josh Phegley. "It seemed like there would be an opportunity here," he said, "and that's all I can ask for at this point in my career - for someone to believe in me and give me a chance to play up to my potential."

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2016 Team Leaders
AVGDanny Valencia , 3B.287
HRKhris Davis , LF42
RBIKhris Davis , LF102
OBPDanny Valencia , 3B.346
SLGKhris Davis , LF.524
RKhris Davis , LF85
SBMarcus Semien , SS10
WKendall Graveman , SP10
ERAKendall Graveman , SP4.11
WHIPKendall Graveman , SP1.31
KSean Manaea , SP124
SVRyan Madson , RP30

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