A few items on the A's..
- Jane Lee of MLB.com doesn't expect the A's record to dictate their level of activity in the trade market. Grant Balfour is already a popular name for clubs looking for relief help and Bartolo Colon should draw heavy interest from contenders looking for help at the Trade Deadline. Earlier this week, Ben Nicholson-Smith looked at Balfour as a trade candidate.
- Lee also writes that she was surprised by the club's decision to pick up Luke Hughes rather than use Adam Rosales at third base. The A's claimed Hughes off of waivers from the Twins on Sunday.
- Speaking of the club's third base situation, Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter) expects the A's to consider pursuing Brandon Inge.