Oakland A’s trade deadline fireworks may not happen
By David Hill
Over the years, the Oakland A’s have displayed a tendency to go all in when they feel that they have a team worth of making a deep run in the postseason. Although none of those deals resulted in the end result that the team had been hoping for, no one can fault the A’s for attempting to build up their roster to bring a World Series back to Oakland.
The A’s have that same sort of feel this year. With a 44-27 record heading into Saturday’s action, the A’s sit atop the AL West and have begun to find their stride. They have been one of the better teams in the majors despite several holes. If the A’s feel confident in their chances, this is the type of roster that could lead to fireworks at the deadline.
Oakland A’s may not dazzle at trade deadline
However, the A’s penchant for trade deadline fireworks may be blunted this season. Although there is a full schedule, the A’s did have restrictions on how many fans could be in the stadium for the first three months. That loss of revenue could impact their plans at the deadline.
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After all, financial limitations did impact the A’s offseason. They needed to unload Khris Davis, and take on Elvis Andrus‘ own bad contract, in order to free up the money to fortify their roster. It is fair to wonder if the A’s front office will be given the financial resources needed to add impact pieces to their team.
Even if ownership does unlock the vault and dust off the ol’ checkbook, that does not guarantee that the A’s will get the type of player that they may want. The farm system does not have a lot of top end talent, with Tyler Soderstrom considered to be the only top 100 prospect. Although there are several players that may be solid major leaguers, a combination of injuries, poor performance, and top prospects graduating has caused the A’s system to lose its luster.
This does not mean that the A’s will not be active. The bullpen does need some work, and the A’s could use depth options. A middle reliever or two could be obtainable even with limited resources. It just seems unlikely that they will be able to make that blockbuster deal they have in years past.
The Oakland A’s are expected to be busy around the trade deadline. While they may make moves, those trades may not be the blockbusters one would expect.