The Oakland A’s are certainly aiming high when it comes to any possible trade involving Frankie Montas. It is understandable why that would be the case – he is under team control through 2023 and is the best pitcher currently on the trade block. If a team is going to look to make an early season splash, they are likely going to need to deal with the A’s.
Depending on where Montas ends up, the A’s have targets in mind. According to reports, they are looking to receive Andrew Vaughn in any possible trade with the Chicago White Sox, a demand that the organization has refused thus far.
Oakland A’s eyeing Andrew Vaughn
This is not the first time the A’s and White Sox have discussed pitching. The White Sox were amongst the teams interested in Sean Manaea before he was sent to the Padres. Vaughn was a part of those conversations as well, although it is difficult to imagine that Chicago could not have made a better offer than what the A’s received for Manaea even without Vaughn.
It is easy to see why the A’s would be interested in a player such as Vaughn. The third overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft, he was considered a consensus top 50 prospect prior to the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Despite being a first baseman in college, he was made into an outfielder at the major league level due to the presence of Jose Abreu at first. While he could be the White Sox first baseman of the future, he has spent time at right, left, first, third, and even second during his major league career.
Those position changes and learning to play everywhere other than first may have impacted his production in his rookie season. Vaughn produced a disappointing .235/.309/.396 batting line in his 469 plate appearances, hitting 15 homers and 22 doubles. However, as he would be entrenched as the A’s first baseman of the present and future, his bat could come around and live up to expectations.
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The Oakland A’s are reportedly eyeing Andrew Vaughn in any trade talks with the White Sox. He could be a key piece for years to come if a deal happens.