Bill Lankhof's AL West season preview

Slugger Josh Hamilton jumped from the Texas Rangers to AL West rival L.A. Angels in the off-season....

Slugger Josh Hamilton jumped from the Texas Rangers to AL West rival L.A. Angels in the off-season. (REUTERS)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

So, who are the Oakland A’s, really?

A. The club that came into 2012 with five consecutive losing seasons and a dugout where the three most common musings were: “What IS he doing out there!”, “Who’s side is he on, anyway!” and, “Oh, crap!”

Or ...

B. The never-say-die platoon that entered the final season-series two games behind Texas needing an improbable three-game sweep to win the division — and, came away smiling?

Or ...

C. Somewhere up the middle, like those base hits that killed the Rangers and Angels.

Seems even the A’s aren’t sure as they prepare to defend their AL West title.

Spring training has been a jigsaw and while all the pieces might be there, they’re jumbled. Hiro Nakajima, the answer at shortstop is instead a question, batting below the Mendoza Line, with management considering having the Japanese star open the season at triple A. One week from opening day and a five-man platoon was working the outfield. Six play


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