Anytime the Oakland A's deficiencies are brought up, the first thing that tends to come up is "They need a shortstop." Why? Cliff Pennington hit .279/.342/.418 last year. Shortstops as a whole hit .271/.328/.393. He ranked 12th among shortstops in OBP and OPS. That places him in average to above-average starter territory, and Pennington is only 25. His UZR last season wasn't incredible (-7.3 UZR/150), but that knocks him only from a bit above average to average. I don't see a problem. Pennington is young, cheap, competent at the plate, versatile in the field (he switch-hits and has experience at second and third as well as short), and even provides good speed. So what should we expect from him in 2010? I'm going to assume Pennington plays 140 games and gets 550 plate appearances for the pu ...
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