1.11: Mychael Urban talks to A's Asst. GM David Forst
-- assistant general manager David. Thank you so much for joining us we really do appreciate your time. -- Michael I don't do really well now you guys are coming off your first trip to the 500 mark since 2006. Yet a very busy offseason Billy told me a couple of weeks ago that was probably the busiest that you guys have ever been and you made some big time additions. The the additions really were geared toward adding offense you got Matsui you got Willingham got David aces is that enough for you still in the market for another bat. But I think our goal and we wish we went into the off season was certainly to make the offense better I think we've accomplished that the three guys. You just mentioned all. Our improvement on where we work. Yet there and the 2010. Season so. And I mean ever get to a point where you say yeah we're died or were happy and then sort of black complacent what we've got that we feel really good that's good. That's soon Willingham -- cases because -- Professional hitters they bring back. That the element of patience and then put the ball in play things we've gotten away from offensively the last few years so where were popular rap. OK David now what are these additions in the outfield mean for your top prospect. You've got Chris Carter waiting in the wings and it seemed like he's done everything he could possibly do. If the triple -- level yet there seems to be no room for the end it at the end form because you've got Daric Barton as your first baseman. Gallo one or moving Billy was saying is that you can never have too many good players that's that's not a problem -- and I think you're right Chris has done. Just about everything he needs to do so. The fact is that if you hit them and forces are and we'll find a way to get him at bats in the big leagues let that I really got a little taste of what he can do. Last year at the end of the heat and after after broke out of the -- first slumped to start his career. I put up some nice numbers of last forty at bats and so -- I think that's story cannot will be written in spring training and probably the first couple months of the year. I didn't -- last question another story it's certainly going to be written in spring training -- that of the number five spot. And your rotation everybody loves the front four in your rotation as one of the best young rotations out there certainly in the American League but how do you see that this spot shaken out with. I think Rich Harden Brandon McCarthy and Josh -- and all got an injury concerns. I've become a nice position of doubt for us and you know the guys you mentioned you brought in Brandon McCarthy. Signed rich to bring him back here you've got -- coming off. Surgery about eighteen months ago Tyson losses and that makes we saw little Bobby Cramer could do. At the end of last year or so the nice thing is we've we've got a number of guys that can fill that spot and and daily injury issues are there for just about everyone I just mentioned but. But between all of them we expect them pretty solid number five starter. Right a's assistant general manager David forced thank you again for your time thanks for joining us. -- -- -- -- --
Forst talks about the construction of the new-look A's team heading into spring training.