A's Set Opening Day Roster

The Oakland A's spring finale was rained out, but there was plenty of news at the O.Co Coliseum on Saturday, as the A's announced their Opening Day roster.

The Oakland A's 25-man roster is now set for Opening Day. The A's announced on Saturday several roster moves in advance of Monday's season opener. As expected the A's designated outfielder Michael Taylor for assignment. They also optioned catcher Stephen Vogt, pitcher Joe Savery and infielder Jake Elmore to Triple-A Sacramento. Non-roster invitee Billy Burns was sent back to minor league camp. He will start the season with Double-A Midland.

Sam Fuld and Hiroyuki Nakajima were added onto the A's 40-man roster. Fuld will make the A's Opening Day roster; Nakajima has been optioned to Sacramento. Nakajima's addition to the 40-man roster was merely procedural. The A's couldn't designate Taylor for assignment if their 40-man roster wasn't full. The A's designated Chris Gimenez for assignment on Friday and he was claimed by Texas, leaving the A's 40-man roster at 39 until Nakajima's addition. Taylor's subsequent removal from the 40-man roster allowed Fuld to be added to the roster. It stands at 40 players. Ryan Cook, A.J. Griffin, Fernando Rodriguez and Craig Gentry were all placed on the 15-day disabled list. All of them can be eligible for reinstatement as soon as April 5, although neither Griffin nor Rodriguez are expected back that soon.

The end result of all of these maneuvers is that the final position player spots went to Fuld in the outfield and Daric Barton in the infield. Both Fuld and Barton are out of options, so they will need to remain on the A's 25-man roster the entire season or be exposed to waivers (like Taylor). In the bullpen, the final spots went to Evan Scribner and Drew Pomeranz.

The A's complete 25-man Opening Day roster is below. We will have a preview of the 2014 A's on Sunday evening.

Pitchers
Fernando Abad (L, bullpen)
Jesse Chavez (R, starter)
Sean Doolittle (L, bullpen)
Sonny Gray (R, starter)
Luke Gregerson (R, bullpen)
Jim Johnson (R, bullpen)
Scott Kazmir (L, starter)
Tommy Milone (L, starter)
Dan Otero (R, bullpen)
Drew Pomeranz (L, bullpen)
Evan Scribner (R, bullpen)
Dan Straily (R, starter)

Catchers
John Jaso (L/R)
Derek Norris (R/R)

Infielders
Daric Barton (1B, L/R)
Alberto Callaspo (UT, S/R)
Josh Donaldson (3B, R/R)
Jed Lowrie (SS, S/R)
Brandon Moss (1B/OF, L/R)
Nick Punto (UT, S/R)
Eric Sogard (UT, L/R)

Outfielders
Yoenis Cespedes (R/R)
Coco Crisp (S/R)
Sam Fuld (L/L)
Josh Reddick (L/R)

Disabled List
Ryan Cook
Craig Gentry
Eric O'Flaherty (60-day)
Jarrod Parker (60-day)
Fernando Rodriguez

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