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A'S REASONS FOR OPTIMISM

This team is the two-time defending American League West champions with a roster much deeper than any team in the division. The bullpen, good last year, is better this year with the additions of right-handers Jim Johnson and Luke Gregerson. Josh Reddick, hobbled all last year with a wrist injury, is healthy again and should provide added muscle to a lineup that already had considerable power.

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A'S REASONS FOR CONCERN

No team can have two-fifths of its starting rotation (Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin) stripped away and be as confident, self-assured and imposing as the A's have been in their back-to-back runs to the last two AL West titles. It doesn't help that cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes hasn't hit much all spring as he tries to shorten his swing.