Jake Smolinski working his way back

Posted by Jason Wojciechowski on March 4, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Jane Lee notes that Jakey-Smo is slowly coming back from a shoulder injury. As reserve outfielders go, I can't imagine any of us are getting all that worked up one way or another about the options. Alejando De Aza could hit once upon a time, but if he was ever a center fielder, he isn't one now. Smolinski probably can't hit period, and the 2016 eye test didn't make clear to me one way or the other whether he's a valid option in center, either. Given that the A's are going to be starting a real stretch in center in the first place in Rajai Davis, and two defensively challenged players in the corners, and maybe carrying Mark Canha on the bench, you'd think you'd like someone with a glove to be hanging out. Does that point to Smolinski over De Aza, especially since the latter would cost someone their 40-man spot? I don't know. Then again, I'm not even a blogger, much less an actual analyst of baseball, so I guess you wouldn't expect me to know, would you?