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Analysis: Impact Of Holliday And Giambi

Will Barton be pushed off of first by Giambi?

After a 2008 season that saw the Oakland A's pull up the rear in the American League in runs scored, the A's front office had a mission this off-season: improve the team's offense. Since the end of the season, the A's have done just that, adding veteran sluggers Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi. We take a look at the impact of these two acquisitions on the team and on the potential roster…

When the Oakland A's were at their peak in the early 2000s, the team's hitting philosophy used to be described as "walk-walk-three-run-jimmy-jack." Over the last half of the decade, however, the A's offense has more often been "walk-strike-out-double-play." In 2008, the A's offense plunged to new depths, as they brought up the rear in the American League in scoring and managed only 125 homeruns... Recommended Stories

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