Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The weather’s heating up, and so is the market for many major league baseball clubs – many of whom consider themselves front-runners in their respective divisions, and possibly a piece or two away from making the postseason a reality.
It’s only June, you’ve got me there! However, one front-line starter here and a veteran bat there could ultimately be what separates the “pretenders” from the “contenders” in October. For the moment, the Oakland Athletics fall into the “pretenders” category, but in a weak American League West division – where the Houston Astros have recorded two wins in their last ten games – who’s to say the A’s couldn’t make a push for the division?
While that is quite possible, let’s shift gears – to if the A’s indeed become sellers in the next few weeks. There are several players who could be on the move prior to the July 31st MLB Trade Deadline:
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