The Oakland A's are entering the 2013 season with raised expectations. We recently spoke with A's…
Oakland A's Spring Position Battles: C
A Look Back At 2012 Although the A's saw very good years from a number of players during last season's playoff run, none of those seasons came from their catchers. The A's transitioned from the incumbent veteran Kurt Suzuki to promising rookie Derek Norris, who was acquired in the offseason as a part of the Gio Gonzalez trade with the Washington Nationals. Suzuki went through drastic transformation as a major leaguer. As a prospect, he was regarded as an offense-first catcher that would need to improve significantly as a receiver and defender in order to stick in the big leagues. His natural athleticism aided him greatly in his five-and-a-half seasons in Oakland. Ironically, he became known for his preparation, ability to handle pitching staffs and athletic ability behind the plate. It was his offense that struggled the most in his time with the A's. Wear and tear likely played a big role in Suzuki's declining numbers. Much like his predecessor Jason Kendall, Suzuki prided...
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