With the trade deadline quickly approaching, the Oakland Athletics have been pretty quiet. As of now, the Athletics lineup looks pretty solid. The A’s have been both great offensively and defensively this season, which has allowed them to take a two game lead in the AL West before the All-Star break. It is definitely not necessary for the Athletics to partake in a trade this year, especially if it could throw off their current success streak. And with general manager Billy Beane making the decisions, the Athletics will not trade unless it comes at the right price.
If the Athletics wanted to trade, one area that could use some new blood is short stop. Do not get me wrong, Jed Lowrie has been great this season with a .295 average and 37 RBIs. But his defensive skills are lacking. There has been some talk that Athletics were interested in Chicago White Sox Alexei Ramirez. With a stronger arm than Lowrie, Ramirez would also bring a solid bat and quick feet with 19 stolen bases out of 23 attempts this season. However, the only concerning factor is Ramirez’s salary, which is an escalating income over the next two seasons. This could be too expensive for this small market team.
Then there is second base. Eric Sogard is a decent defenseman, but he is lacking when he steps up the plate. With only 1 home run this season, it was not a surprise when the Athletics brought up Grant Green from Triple-A. However, with Green’s first MLB appearance being less than great, the A’s could benefit from a change at second base. But with no names floating around in the trade rumor mills, it is not clear who could fill this void.
The Oakland Athletics are not known for wheeling and dealing big trades close to the deadline. With all of the success they have had this season so far, it does not seem as though there is a need for any change. Unless there is a player who has both a low salary and a high success potential, I do not think the A’s will be trading any players before the July 31st deadline.