MESA, Ariz. -- Evaluating and maximizing defensive efficiency has increasingly been a focus for every front office. It was yet again a homework project for the A's this offseason, and they came away feeling confident in their potential for plus marks.
"We really shored up what was a deficiency for us last year," said manager Bob Melvin. "That's what we're seeing right now. [Brett] Lawrie is as active over at third base as anyone, Marcus [Semien] is making plays every day, [Eric] Sogard does his thing, Ike Davis is a good defender at first. It's a very good infield defense."