Anytime the Oakland A's deficiencies are brought up, the first thing that tends to come up is "They need a shortstop."


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 incredibl...

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