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2009 Angels Compared to 2009 A's

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Seeing as Billy Beane has seemingly surrendered the 2008 season, it is never too early to see how the 2009 Angels stack up against the 2009 Athletics. By examining the current DEPTH CHARTS of each team, and then adding into any holes the current top rated prospects, we get a cursory glimpse of what may approximate each team, assuming no contract extensions to free agents and barring any more radical shakeups to the makeups.

GONE...
ANGELS: Anderson, Garland, Frankie, Figgins, Rivera, Oliver, Quinlan
ATHLETICS: Ellis, Kotsay, Calero, Duchscherer, Melhuse

OUTFIELD (aka Age versus Beauty)
ANGELS:
RF:
Vlad
CF: Torii Hunter
LF: Gary Matthews
OF BENCH: Reggie Willits, Nathan Haynes

ATHLETICS:
RF:
Travis Buck
CF: Carlos Gonzalez
LF: Ryan Sweeney
OF BENCH: Chris Denorfia

INFIELD (aka Our Leather versus their Weathered)
ANGELS:
1B:
Casey Kotchman
2B: Howie Kendrick
SS: Erick Aybar
3B: Maicer Izturis
IF BENCH: Morales, Wood

ATHLETICS:
1B:
Daric Barton
2B: Donnie Murphy
SS: Bobby Crosby
3B: Eric Chavez
IF BENCH: Dan Johnson

CATCHERS (aka Solid versus Squalid)
ANGELS:
Mike Napoli, Jeff Mathis, Ryan Budde

ATHLETICS:
Kurt Suzuki, Robert Bowen

DESIGNATED HITTER (aka Apostles versus Cust)
ANGELS: Rotates
ATHLETICS: Jack Cust

STARTERS (aka Proven versus Possible)
ANGELS:
Lackey, Escobar, Weaver, Saunders, E. Santana
6TH STARTER: Nick Adenhart

ATHLETICS:
Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, Chad Gaudin, Gio Gonzalez, Brett Anderson
6TH STARTER: Aaron Poreda

BULLPEN (aka Prayer versus Wing)
ANGELS:
Shields, Speier, Bootcheck, Moseley, Bulger, Rich Thompson

ATHLETICS:
Street, Embree, Casilla, Flores, Lugo, Meyer, Blevins