Second base has been an issue for the Oakland A’s for much of this season. Let’s look at some possible options that could be available.
Throughout much of the season, second base has been a black hole in the Oakland A’s lineup. The duo of Tony Kemp and Chad Pinder had not exactly lit the world on fire, while Franklin Barreto and Vimael Machin have essentially been invisible. While Kemp is currently on a hot streak, he is not exactly one who has a track record of sustained success.
As such, the A’s could look to solidify their second base situation prior to the trade deadline. Let’s take a look at some players that could be available.
The Seattle Mariners would likely pay anyone to take Dee Gordon off of their hands. But while he flamed out in the Pacific Northwest, he could be an option for the A’s.
He does check a few boxes for Oakland. Gordon would not be stuck just playing second, as he has experience at center, shortstop, and left as well. As a left handed hitter, he could work in a platoon role or as a super utility player.
Gordon also has excellent speed. A part of why the Mariners were interested in his services was that they were attempting to get more athletic. As he led the National League in steals three times from 2014 through 2017, he was a worthwhile gamble, even at a higher salary.
However, his time in Seattle is coming to an end. He has produced a mediocre .267/.292/.348 batting line in just over two years with the Mariners, stealing only 52 bases. But this could be a matter of simply needing a change of scenery. A trade, possibly to Oakland, could give him that hot month he would need for the offseason, as his option for 2021 is likely to be declined in exchange for his $1 million buyout.
The Mariners would likely pay, either in terms of a prospect or cash, to get Dee Gordon off their books this season. The Oakland A’s could be an interesting trade partner.