It was a sad day for Oakland A's fans when the extent of 3B Scott Sizemore's injury came out. With him out for the year, GM Billy Beane and Co. will have to get creative to find a suitable replacement. Josh Donaldson, Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard, and Wes Timmons are current roster options being looked at.
Interestingly, these stopgaps would hold down third for a season for Sizemore, who appears to be a short-term answer there himself. While prospects Steve Parker or B.A. Vollmuth could develop as long-term answers, another possible one finds himself as a perhaps the odd man out on the Nationals' Opening Day roster. Here's a trade that could possibly bring that man, Steve Lombardozzi, to Oakland.
OAK IF Lombardozzi
WAS OF Collin Cowgill and OF Jermaine Mitchell
Lombardozzi, though with limited experience at third, would take over as the A's starting 3B, perhaps for many seasons, if not just for 2012.
Cowgill, an older prospect who dominated AAA last year for the D-backs, would have the chance to start in center or, at the very least, platoon with Roger Bernadina. He might even provide the long-term answer in CF that GM Mike Rizzo's long sought beyond 2012, when Bryce Harper should take over in RF, Jayson Werth in LF, and Mike Morse at 1B. Mitchell gives the team just another outfield option on a roster without many of them.