The Oakland A’s went into the trade deadline with distinct holes on the roster. They needed help in the bullpen, an outfielder, and depth in the middle of the infield – particularly at short. It seemed as though it would be a tall order for the A’s to land that help, especially with a farm system that is not exactly well regarded and potentially limited room for payroll.
Despite those obstacles, the A’s were able to mark off most of their checklist. Andrew Chafin was brought in, adding another dependable left handed reliever for the bullpen, something that the A’s had been searching for all year. Starling Marte was a surprise addition on Thursday, as Oakland essentially gave up on Jesus Luzardo.
Oakland A’s have solid trade deadline
As strong as those moves were, the A’s were not done. They added backup catcher Yan Gomes and utility man Josh Harrison at the deadline. Gomes gives Sean Murphy a veteran backstop to learn from, while Harrison is capable of playing all three outfield positions, second, and third.
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There are still areas that the A’s needed to address. The bullpen could have used another middle reliever, even with Sergio Romo returning to form. Likewise, the A’s still do not have a viable backup for Elvis Andrus. While Andrus has hit better over the past few weeks, he has not helped defensively and his offense is suspect at best.
Overall, the A’s are in a better place than they had been a week ago. Marte immediately improves the lineup and adds a dynamic element that was missing. Chafin can reduce the wear that Jake Diekman has gone through this year. Gomes and Harrison may provide even more value from a leadership role than what they do on the diamond.
Yes, the Oakland A’s are still a flawed team. The bullpen needs another piece, and they could stand to solidify the rotation a bit more. Andrus is still the unquestioned starter at short. There are areas of improvement that were left untouched. Nonetheless, it was a strong showing at the deadline, worth of a solid B.
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