Jason Giambi's return to the Oakland A's this season continues a history of the A's bringing back…
Oakland A's Spring Training Battles: IF/C
A Look Back At 2008 Barton struggled. The Oakland A's infield was one of the least productive in baseball in 2007, and things didn't get much better in 2008. The infield was once again devastated by injuries and the unexpected struggles of some younger players. As a unit, the A's infield managed only a 661 OPS. The A's began the spring hopeful that Eric Chavez would be able to compete on a daily basis once again. However, the toll of the multiple surgeries Chavez had leading up to the 2008 season were too much for him and he appeared in only 23 games for the A's and managed only two homeruns. Jack Hannahan got the bulk of Chavez's time at third base and while he fielded his position well, he struggled badly at the plate. In 143 games, Hannahan managed only nine homeruns and an anemic .218 average. Donnie Murphy also saw some time at third, in addition to shortstop, early in the season. He struggled, as well, batting .184 in 103 at-bats, and was eventually designated for assignment...
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