Athletics general manager Billy Beane is looking at possible third base acquisitions, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The A's face uncertainty with hot corner options Eric Chavez, Adam Kennedy, and Brett Wallace.
Slusser says the A's are emphasizing youth and "unlikely to spend much money on free agents." So you have to question my earlier guesses that the A's will sign Miguel Tejada and Jim Thome. Slusser wonders, "from a sheer speculation standpoint," if Alex Gordon, Josh Fields, or Brandon Wood could be trade possibilities. Click here to read our post about third base trade candidates.
Also, Slusser spoke to Justin Duchscherer's agent Damon Lapa. Duchscherer is doing well and "has dedicated himself to preparing for 2010." Interest in Duchscherer is strong, with the A's still in the mix. Duchscherer wants to start. Back in '08, he posted a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts.