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  1. Bobby Abreu’s 2012 option vested once he hit 433 PA this year, so Trout’s path to playing time isn’t as clear. I’m sure they’ll find a way to get him regular PT, but Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter, and Bobby Abreu will all still be on the roster.

    Comment by Bill — September 16, 2011 @ 10:12 am

  2. Bill: Thanks for the heads-up on that. Hadn’t realized. Fixed that part up, but it’s a shame that such a thing will likely hamper Trout’s PT next year. Although, can’t really blame the Angels for keeping Abreu in the lineup while they’re fighting for the playoffs.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 16, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  3. Trout may well exhaust his rookie eligibility this year.

    Re Cain, man, I sure hope the Royals sell high on Melky this offseason.

    Comment by GLP — September 16, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  4. GLP: As the italicized portion preceding the ranks indicates, it’s really about the CURRENT number of ABs/IPs at the time, which is why I included Trout. But you’re right: I think he will hit the 130 ABs this year, which makes him a bit of a risky keeper in leagues where owners must decide to keep and activate or let go of a player once he is no longer rookie eligible. Although I would be very surprised to see it, I do fear the possibility that the Angels could stick Trout in Salt Lake for a month or two, which would make it painful to keep a player who’s not even on a major league roster. But he’ll still be worth it in the end.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 16, 2011 @ 10:48 am

  5. Given his durability, it was pretty much a fait accompli. The option vested the first week of August, so that $9 million is a sunk cost, now.

    Comment by Bill — September 16, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  6. What do you think about Gary Brown?

    Comment by Davy Jones — September 16, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

  7. Conor Jackson plays for Boston, no longer the A’s.

    Comment by Eric Farris — September 16, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

  8. Eric: Thanks, man. Pfff, not sure where my head was at on that one. But then again, that makes the path for any A’s OF that much clearer.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 16, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

  9. Davy Jones: Like Brown a lot. He’ll be a high-average, high-steals type — with enough pop to be useful — and I think he’ll be productive once he gets to the majors b/c his skills translate well and shouldn’t require a lot of adjustment. I wouldn’t be shocked if he makes it to SF some time in 2012, but I doubt it’s before the AS break b/c he played all of 2011 at Hi-A. Still, he absolutely tore it up, so a promotion to Double-A (at least) is in order to start next year. Down the line, he could be similar to Jacoby Ellsbury (minus the out-of-nowhere power he’s shown this year).

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 16, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  10. brown reminds me of peter bourjos quite a bit.

    Comment by SF 55 for life — September 17, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

  11. No Wil Myers? Not a great 2011 obviously, but he really turned it on in August, has an elite pedigree, and should impress in the AFL. I think he has considerably more potential to make an impact in 2012 than, say, Anthony Gose.

    Comment by theeiffeltower — September 18, 2011 @ 2:01 am

  12. What do you think about kalish for next year?

    Comment by Pasrls — September 18, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  13. Pasrls: I like Kalish, and from what he showed in his stint with the Sox in 2010, he should be able to hang in as a solid regular, even on a first-division club. However, he had two major injuries (shoulder then neck, the second requiring surgery), so he only had 92 ABs the entire year. Though he’s expected to be ready by spring training, the lost year has clearly set him back, to the point where he’s now behind Josh Reddick, who performed admirably this season and is now the most likely in-house to replace free agent-to-be J.D. Drew. I could see Kalish still factoring into Boston’s plans next year, but he really needs to be ready to go once the season begins, and even then, he’ll probably be in Triple-A to start.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 18, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

  14. theeiffeltower: Myers is going to be a good one, but at some point I have to cut off the list. I think it’s a bit easier to see a path to 2012 impact for Gose than it is for Myers, mainly b/c Gose should start the season in Triple-A, whereas Myers will probably repeat his level since he struggled some and dealt with an injury. They’re also very different types of players long-term, with Gose a speedster and Myers more of a No. 3 hitter. I doubt either does much of anything in 2012 as a big-leaguer, but I do think if one were to get a shot, it would be Gose first.

    Comment by Jason Catania — September 18, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

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