By Jason Wojciechowski on January 31, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Stealing shamelessly from my comrade Chip Buck at, here's another edition of Jane Lee's mailbag.
First question is about whether Stephen Parker will be ready in 2013. Jane's answer says that Parker has been a poor fielder (she says "inconsistent," but that's just a euphemism for poor) and hasn't torn the cover off the ball all the way up. My answer is that Scott Sizemore is 27, put up an "on pace for" of about 2 1/2 WARP last year despite an awful defensive rating by FRAA while learning a new position, and has multiple cheap years left. Is there any reason to think he can't do the job?
Second question, which is from Jonathan T., but I think must actually be from one of my Twitter friends, asks why Adrian Cardenas was DFA'd instead of Pedro Figueroa. Lee's answer is that he doesn't have a defensive home, but that's a pretty crummy answer. He's a utility player. There are no defensive homes for utility players. The question is whether he's a better utility player than Eric Sogard and/or Adam Rosales. The A's presumably do not believe he is (or believe that he's more likely to pass through waivers than Pedro Figueroa would be).
Third question is what other missing pieces there are for the A's. Jane Lee says "not much," while I say "talent." Talent is the missing piece for the A's.
Fourth question asks Lee to predict this season's surprise player. That's right. Go read it for yourself if you don't believe me.
Fifth question is about the new stadium. My long-standing lack of ability to care very much interferes with my great ability to snark snark snark.