Oakland A’s: Daulton Jefferies considered potential trade chip

MESA, AZ - February 24: Daulton Jefferies #46 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Hohokam Stadium on February 24, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
MESA, AZ - February 24: Daulton Jefferies #46 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Hohokam Stadium on February 24, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /
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If the Oakland A’s are going to make a trade this season, Daulton Jefferies may be their best trade chip.

As the Oakland A’s are working their way towards a playoff berth, there are certain areas that may need to be addressed at the trade deadline. The starting rotation has had some issues, with Sean Manaea and Mike Fiers both struggling in the early going. Rotation depth is a possible concern, although the A’s have several youngsters, and Daniel Mengden, as options. Likewise, the bench could use an upgrade, with Mark Canha the only player producing at even a league average pace.

However, there are restrictions when it comes to trades this year. Players can only be dealt off the 60 man roster; otherwise, the ever popular Player To Be Named Later will come into play. This is a part of the reason why some teams have their top prospects at the alternate sites – not only will their development continue, but they can be trade fodder.

The A’s find themselves with such a player in Daulton Jefferies. Not only is he one of their top pitching prospects, but he could also be dangled as a trade chip should Oakland feel that additional moves are needed for their playoff push.

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It is entirely possible that Jefferies could make his presence felt with the A’s this season. He is considered to be the next man up should such a need arise in the rotation. Given the struggles for Fiers and Manaea, a scenario where Jefferies is promoted to the majors is not outside the realm of probability.

But the A’s also have to be realistic. They have a strong roster that has been built for this season. Jefferies is a long term asset, potentially a piece in a new Big Three with Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk. The question comes down to whether or not there is a piece available that will make a major difference to the A’s postseason chances, and, if so, is Jefferies worth trading?

One can certainly see why a rebuilding team could be interested in the A’s prospect. His devastating changeup and incredible command could lead to his becoming another Kyle Hendricks type, a pitcher who can dominate due to his ability to throw his pitches anywhere he wants in any given count. If Jefferies is on the trade block, he could bring back quite the return.

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Daulton Jefferies could help the Oakland A’s this year, either by being a part of the pitching staff or by being a trade chip.

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