Oakland's rotation has great potential

Top four starting pitchers make A's a trendy pick to win the American League West

Originally Published: March 29, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden is a master of the offseason getaway. Last year he traveled to Amsterdam, where he made snow angels in Dam Square and toured the Medieval Torture Museum. This winter he spent three weeks roaming Japan and Thailand, where he experienced the thrill of feeding a baby tiger and riding around the jungle on the back of an elephant.

Braden was accompanied by his close friend and fellow free spirit, San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, the man who ...

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