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On the Bubble: Dan Meyer, Starting Pitcher

<I>This is the fifth in a series of articles focusing on A's prospects who are battling for 25-man roster spots this spring.</I><br> One of the most intriguing Oakland A's spring training battles will be for the 4th and 5th starting rotation slots. Dan Meyer, who was acquired from the Braves this off-season, is battling for one of those slots. It is conventional wisdom that Meyer will one day be a long-term member of the A's rotation, but will he be in the rotation to start the 2005 season?

Dan Meyer might have been traded for Tim Hudson, but in a lot of ways, the A's are looking for him to "replace" Mark Mulder as the second left-hander in the rotation. As recently as 2003, the A's sported three quality lefties in their rotation (Mulder, Barry Zito and Ted Lilly). They also had strong left-handed starting prospects John Rheinecker and Bill Murphy working their way through the system...

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