A lot of stuff out there today, as camp starts getting cranked up...
Reeves focuses on Washington's strength in an area that is often overlooked by fans -- the ability to manage people:
Taylor's column focuses more on contrasting Washington with his predecessor.
Evan Grant has a piece on Vicente Padilla, who has apparently decided to speak to the media this season, after not talking last year. Padilla says he isn't planning on changing his approach, and while he infuriated the ChiSox and the Angels last season by throwing inside, Ron Washington said that the A's didn't have any problems with Padilla's approach.
Also per Grant, Eric Gagne threw 37 pitches off the mound yesterday, and didn't have any problems, which is a good sign.
Grant also has a blog entry handicapping the 5th starter race. He has Josh Rupe and Kam Loe as the favorites, with Edinson Volquez trailing the pack. Grant says that Volquez's abbreviated 2005 stint in the majors -- when he clearly wasn't ready -- has held him back and hurt his confidence, and suggests that Volquez is going to need some time in the minors to get that back. Volquez seems to me to be someone who would be best served breaking into the majors in the bullpen, even if the team thinks he'll eventually end up in the rotation.