REASONS FOR OPTIMISM

The A's have the A.L. manager of the year in Bob Melvin. They have a five-tool outfielder in Yoenis Cespedes, who could be a potential MVP candidate if he builds on what he did last season. They might have the best defensive outfield in baseball. They have a strong, young rotation that should be better with Brett Anderson back in the mix for a full year. They have a deep, versatile bullpen. They have guys who can hit the ball out of the park. Most of all, the A's have a team that now knows what it is capable of and could hit the ground winning.




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