Main League Baseball’s commerce deadline remains to be greater than a month away, however potential commerce companions are rising as groups resolve whether or not they are going to be consumers or sellers. The Oakland A’s seem positioned for a fourth consecutive playoff run, however they’ve some must fill.
The A’s lead the American League West with a 35-26 file, however may use extra depth to raise the roster to be able to maintain off the Houston Astros, Boston Purple Sox, Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays for an AL pennant.
In recent times, the A’s have made their greatest offers within the offseason and extra low-key ones on the deadline. They traded Franklin Barreto to the Los Angeles Angels for second baseman Tommy La Stella and two minor leaguers to the Texas Rangers for pitcher Mike Minor in 2020. In 2019 they swung a cope with the Kansas Metropolis Royals for reliever Jake Diekman and purchased starters Tanner Roark and Homer Bailey.
With the twenty sixth ranked farm system, the A’s don’t have quite a lot of high-profile minor leaguers and prospects to supply in comparison with different groups. They do have a bunch of outfielders in Triple-A which can be thought of main league prepared and can be engaging to rebuilding groups: Luis Barrera, Cody Thomas, Greg Deichmann and Skye Bolt. However the A’s may get artistic with the out there prospects up for commerce as they often do.
Right here’s a have a look at the large wants with almost definitely commerce companions — and a few shocking potential commerce targets.
The A’s want extra depth within the bullpen, not solely to keep away from exhausting their main relievers, however to cobble collectively a extra aggressive workers in a postseason race that always favors deep bullpens. If Trevor Rosenthal returns to the group later within the season, as anticipated, that would shore up the potential want at nearer.
The A’s already signed right-handed reliever Cam Bedrosian, designated for project by the Cincinnati Reds in April, to create some quick depth. The previous Angel has elevated his splitter use and never allowed an earned run up to now in 4 innings pitched with the A’s. However they’ll want extra.
With Adam Kolarek within the minor leagues, Diekman and Jesús Luzardo are the one left-handed possibility out of the bullpen proper now. Luzardo may very effectively make his means again into the rotation — although his position going ahead remains to be unclear — which suggests the A’s could prioritize buying and selling for a left-handed reliever.
They shouldn’t restrict their search to left-handers, in fact.
The A’s may hyperlink up with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who could have nearly any participant besides budding star third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes out there in talks, in a commerce for Richard Rodriguez. The 31-year-old has a 1.85 ERA in 23 appearances with 19 strikeouts and three walks and is on a one-year, $1.7 million deal.
A left-handed pitcher out there might be 30-year-old Chasen Shreve, a free agent in 2022. The 30-year-old has a 2.89 ERA in 11 video games with 11 strikeouts, however he’s out of minor league choices.
The Baltimore Orioles aren’t going wherever and will supply up left-handed reliever Tanner Scott, nonetheless below group management. However his 17.8% stroll charge is regarding.
The Colorado Rockies are in disarray, and the A’s may seize one in every of their arms akin to right-handed reliever Tyler Kinley, getting into his first 12 months of arbitration in 2022. Kinley has a 4.44 ERA, however might be a reclamation challenge for the A’s.
The Minnesota Twins will not be performing to their previous information up to now, which suggests they might be gifting away a few of their gamers. Left-handed sidearmer Taylor Rogers might be on the desk, incomes $6 million with one other 12 months of arbitration earlier than he hits free company at age 32.
Might a Sean Doolittle reunion be potential? It’s not out of the realm. Doolittle went to the Washington Nationals with Ryan Madson in a commerce for Luzardo, Blake Treinen and Sheldon Neuse in 2017.
The 34-year-old is with the struggling Cincinnati Reds now however has maintained a mid-90s fastball velocity with a 4.12 ERA in 23 video games.
Rule 5 decide Ka’ai Tom lasted per week with the A’s with restricted taking part in time as a potential left-handed hitting outfield possibility. With alternative, Seth Brown has gone cold and warm. He has eight house runs, eight doubles and 21 RBIs in his first 38 video games and sunk right into a 1-for-24 skid over his final 9 video games performed.
For the reason that A’s don’t appear to be in any rush to dig from their ample provide of left-handed and switch-hitting outfield choices within the minor leagues they could search for some depth in the marketplace.
There aren’t many clear-cut choices right here.
A’s GM David Forst and Rangers GM Jon Daniels have a pleasant relationship. The division foes had been commerce companions within the offseason, exchanging DH Khris Davis and catcher Jonah Heim for shortstop Elvis Andrus, prospects and a few important money.
Might the 2 normal managers join once more for a Joey Gallo commerce? The left-handed hitting outfielder has been in commerce talks since final 12 months. As a result of he’s searching for a reclamation season after a down 2020 and still-down 2021, the slugger is probably not overwhelmingly pricy and may gain advantage from the A’s setting. The A’s may take a giant step if with Gallo to raise their already-strong outfield protection with one other kick of energy from the left-side. It’s unclear what the Rangers are searching for for Gallo, although.
Much less doubtless, although attention-grabbing, is switch-hitting outfielder Anthony Santander from the Orioles. As a result of the 26-year-old is in his first 12 months of arbitration and will subject loads of curiosity from contending groups, his long run companies might be fairly pricy by way of the expertise the A’s would want to give up.
Much less doubtless, however potential trades at different positions
Trevor Story, a two-time Silver Slugger and All-Star, is certain to be one of many extra coveted gamers on the buying and selling block this 12 months. The 28-year-old might be a free agent in 2022 and couldn’t solely shore up, however elevate the A’s shortstop spot for just a few years. Story may subject fairly the return, and it’s unclear if the A’s can match different groups’ affords.
Who is aware of if the last-place Washington Nationals will put three-time Cy Younger Award winner Max Scherzer on the commerce desk. In the event that they did, the Nationals would demand a hefty return the A’s in all probability wouldn’t be prepared and even capable of match. Nonetheless enjoyable to dream.