Oakland A’s: A question of depth at shortstop
By David Hill
Trying to find something in free agency
Should the Oakland A’s not be overly enamored with those options, they could always scour free agency to see what is left.
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The problem is that there really is not much out there. Ruben Tejada may be the best option available at short, and he has not appeared in the majors since 2019. While he was able to secure a contract with Blue Jays last year, he was let go in August and has not attracted any interest at all in the market.
The remaining options are not much better. Dee Strange-Gordon and Sean Rodriguez may be the top of the utility class, but neither have exactly done much over the past few years. Strange-Gordon had not played much at short before the Reds signed him to a minor league deal this offseason to compete for the position, but he was let go at the end of spring training.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If Elvis Andrus was to be injured for an extended period of time, the A’s would need to find something to fill that void. Even if these players would not be the most attractive option, there would not be much of a choice if they hunted through free agency.
At this point, the free agent market is barren. If the Oakland A’s need to find a depth option at short, they would have to hope for the best.