"I don't think we're going to see Garrett on opening day, but I think the prognosis of having him back somewhere in the first month to six weeks of the season looks very good," Scioscia said at the winter meetings. "We'll see. It's not something we can rush."
"Mike is preparing for the worst-case scenario, which is more his nature," Dipoto said. "We understood it would be a six- to nine-month [recovery]. Mike sleeps better at night planning for it to be the latter of the two. We believe Garrett will be back if not on opening day, then at some point in the not-too-distant future."
Since late July, Oakland has traded its three-, four- and five-spot hitters —
"Everyone talks about the unraveling of the A's — that's not going to happen," Scioscia said. "If you look historically at what the A's have done, particularly how Billy Beane has kept reworking that team and kept them competitive, when they make a move, it's usually one that's going to make them better at some point.
"Whether that surfaces in April or June, you never know, but they're going to be tough. They play hard. Those guys just are not going to go away."
The Angels signed 6-foot-6, 225-pound left-hander Scott Snodgress, who was 27-25 with a 3.84 ERA in four minor league seasons with the
When Snodgress, 25, moved from the rotation to the bullpen last summer, the Angels noticed a spike in his velocity, which, combined with his low arm slot, "made him an intriguing pickup," Dipoto said. But control has been a problem. In 483 minor league innings, Snodgress has 381 strikeouts and 196 walks.