The Oakland A’s are going to be an interesting team to watch at the trade deadline. Players such as Frankie Montas and Sean Muprhy, if the latter is made available, will have a large market. It is likely a matter of time until Montas is dealt away, especially as teams desperately search for upgrades to their rotation heading into the postseason.
But there are other players that the A’s could look to move. They have several players that are either slated for free agency next year or that they are looking to move on from. Those players, if they perform well, could end up being traded away as well.
Three players that Oakland A’s should move on from after trade deadline
However, it is entirely possible that the trade deadline will pass and these players will still be on the A’s. If that happens, it would be best to move on, looking ahead to the future while freeing up roster spots. While that may cost ownership some money, those salaries were not coming off the books anyway.
The Oakland A’s are hoping to move on from several players in the coming weeks. Let’s look at three that should be off the roster one way or another.
Who would have imagined that Elvis Andrus was the Oakland A’s best hitter heading into Sunday?
That was the case however. His 107 OPS+ was tied with Ramon Laureano for the team lead, a statistic that likely says everything about the A’s lineup. At the same time, Andrus’ .244/.311/.384 batting line with three homers and 14 doubles over his 180 plate appearances. That production is actually surprisingly decent.
It makes it possible that a team could look to Andrus as an upgrade at short. The A’s would likely take anything for him, especially if it means that his $15 million option for next year is not their responsibility. At the same time, it is that option that could make it impossible to trade Andrus away.
Meanwhile, the A’s have Nick Allen waiting in the wings. He has gotten a brief look this season, with 16 plate appearances, and has appeared to be overmatched as he has struck out nine times. However, he is also the future at the position and has far more upside than an aging and expensive veteran.
Elvis Andrus does not have a future with the Oakland A’s. Once the trade deadline has passed, he should be off their roster.