I'm going to try this with numbers to see if I think it's any prettier. Yes, I'm blatantly ripping off FK's format.
Dan Hennessey writes that Eric Sogard is the "clear" choice for third base. I don't think it's clear in the least. Adam Rosales hasn't hit in the majors, but his minor-league numbers, while oriented more for power than OBP, are just as solid as Sogard's. Josh Donaldson hasn't shown as much in AAA, but he's still shy of 27 and was once halfway decently regarded. PECOTA projections for all three:
The 90th percentile projections for the three are equally as close, so PECOTA
doesn't see anyone having substantially more upside than anyone else. I don't
have a lot of faith in Rosales's glove at any position, but don't have much
opinion on that of Sogard and Donaldson (particularly the latter, who I've
never seen). The A's probably have some thoughts, but if those thoughts were in
the direction of "we think X is way better than Y and Z," they'd probably have
named a third baseman by now.
If it were up to me and all I had were the stats, I'd probably take Sogard,
too, with Rosales the utility infielder and Donaldson trying to earn his way up
from Sacramento and/or waiting for an injury, but I'd stop well short of
calling anything "clear."
Simon Burnton of The Guardianprofiles Billy Beane. It amuses me to no end that Burnton judges Beane as a player by his batting average. The second half of the article, when Beane talks football/soccer, is pretty fun.