Los Angeles Angels and the AL West – The Week That Was

By Brian Helberg
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Feb 25, 2015; Mesa, AZ, USA; An Oakland Athletics duffle bag sits on the ground during a workout at Fitch Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Athletics – Swingin’ A’s

The A’s had an all star catcher in 2014 with Derek Norris, but after shipping Norris to San Diego this winter, there is uncertainty behind the plate. Nick Avila of Swingin’ A’s discusses what fans can expect from backstops Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley in 2015. Vogt put up some quality offensive numbers last season with the A’s, but he was used only sparingly as a catcher. Phegley spent last season with the Chicago White Sox, and is regarded as a solid defender.

Next: What to Expect Out of the Vogt/Phegley Catching Platoon

Sean Doolittle was electric closing games for the Athletics in 2014. The southpaw made his first all star appearance and recorded 22 saves last season in Oakland. Unfortunately for A’s fans, Doolittle will be on the shelf for the foreseeable future. Joseph DeClercq of Swingin’ A’s breaks down the potential replacements for Doolittle in the A’s bullpen. Ultimately, DeClercq contends that Tyler Clipart should handle the 9th inning duties until Doolittle is able to return.

Next: Who Should Close For the Oakland Athletics?