Two Extremely Probable Trade Partners
Jul 22, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) celebrates with first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) after hitting a home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
2. NEW YORK YANKEES
Record: 52-41 – 1st in AL East
The Bronx Bombers have always been big players, and, with their current path leading them towards the playoffs, they have been looking for additions to try to put them over the top. They have been linked to past talks about Zobrist, but I could also see them trying to sure up their starting rotation by pursuing Kazmir. An MLB-ready piece the A’s could try to pry away from New York would be outfielder Aaron Judge, who was the No. 53 ranked MLB prospect by Baseball America. He’s got plus power on offense and a plus arm on defense, so he could fill in at both corners. However, he could have a high asking price and may cost a lot. On the other hand, the Yankees do have a lot of decent pitching talent in their farm system, which could be the safer route to go. Either way, a deal with this New York team doesn’t seem too farfetched.
1. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Record: 51-42 – 1st in NL East
Reports are that the Nationals have engaged in talks with the A’s about both Clippard and Zobrist. According reports from last month, Oakland held interest in Washington’s recently called up outfielder Michael A. Taylor. Do not be mistaken, he is not the guy who used to play for the A’s. He has an excellent glove and has already proven that he can handle major league pitching. Another option would be – albeit a long shot – Oakland native Joe Ross, who is currently their No. 5 overall prospect, also in the bigs. No matter who Beane looks at, this seems like the mostly likely trade partner before the deadline because of the history between these teams as well as with fits for both sides.
If the A’s make a deal, who do you think they will trade with? Leave your ideas in the comments below.