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“I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have anyone I knew,” Norris said. “It made the transition a little easier.”

While Milone, Peacock and Norris have been spending time together in big-league camp, Cole has been in minor league camp because he’s not as experienced. Cole, 20, is expected to start the season with Oakland’s high-A team in Stockton, Calif.

“He’s a high-upside starter,” Forst said. “He’s long and lean, and he looks like everything a top pitching prospect should be. The ball just comes out of his hand differently.”

While the players have been acclimating to their new green-and-gold surroundings, Milone said he will watch what happens with the Nationals.

“They are definitely trying to do something good, and they want to do it now,” Milone said. “It’s good for them. I’ll keep an eye on them and see how they are doing. Hopefully, they will do well. They deserve it. They’ve been pushing hard the last couple years getting these top prospects. I have a feeling this year will be good for them.”