Latest On Athletics’ Search For Infielders

11:18am: It doesn't look like the Athletics will acquire a shortstop today, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports (on Twitter).

TUESDAY, 10:55am: MLB Network's Peter Gammons is a hearing a flat "no" on the idea of Drew going to the A's.

MONDAY, 6:03pm: Trade talk about a potential deal that would send Stephen Drew from Arizona to Oakland still has life, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports (Twitter link). However, Peter Gammons of MLB Network reported today that the Athletics have backed off their pursuit of Drew and Yunel Escobar for now, (Twitter link). 

Ken Rosenthal recently reported that the Athletics aren't favored to acquire Drew if the Diamondbacks trade him. Oakland is reluctant to match Toronto's asking price on Escobar, according to Rosenthal. Drew and Escobar are Oakland's top two choices for a shortstop upgrade, Jon Heyman reported today.

The A's looked into the possibility of acquiring Jimmy Rollins, but would have had to take on his entire contract ($11MM per season through 2014 with a vesting option for 2015) to complete a deal, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports. The price in terms of prospects wasn't high, but there's no guarantee Rollins, a Bay Area native, would approve a trade to Oakland. The Dodgers are no longer a fit for Rollins, Knobler writes.


47 Responses to Latest On Athletics’ Search For Infielders Leave a Reply

  1. ZoinksScoob 3 years ago

    I hear Chone Figgins is available…

    • For what, bar mitzvahs?

      • FamousGrouse 3 years ago

        I hope so. I would pay good money to have Figgins carry me around on a chair.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

      no, Jack Z is still holding onto him and believing that he, Franklin Guiterrez and Justin Smoak are awesome players in his own little fantasy land.

  2. Maybe Drew for Colon could happen. The Diamondbacks offered him a contract in the offseason

    • James Attwood 3 years ago

      If that sort of offer came from the A’s it wouldbe silly of the Dbacks to pass on it. Colon adds rotation depth which in turn helps the bullpen.

  3. rrwrayiii 3 years ago

    What are the DBacks expecting back for Drew? As a Seattle fan, I’d be curious on what Arizona is expecting in return.

  4. chadem311 3 years ago

    Damn, Rollins would be so legit.

  5. James Attwood 3 years ago

    The Dbacks are pretty much under the gun to make a deal for Drew happen and his value is in the toilet right now. They should be happy to jump at nearly any offer for him that does not include the Dbacks footing the bill for his salary.

    • qudjy1 3 years ago

      Why does AZ have to trade drew?

      • James Attwood 3 years ago

        Because he is walking at the end of the season anyway. If they don’t trade him they get nothing back. And his replacement, Bloomquist, is out-playing him by leaps and bounds. Moving Drew clears salary for a salary-strapped team and also gets rid of a player that has spent the last several months playing games with the front office in terms of his rehab.

  6. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    Still my wish list (in order) of possibilities, so no Asdrubal or Starlin obviously: Yunel, Rollins, Headley, Drew

    • Iconoclast17 3 years ago

      Well, that would be everybody’s preference but best to focus on the bottom 2.

  7. OaklandFan22 3 years ago

    I would much rather have yunel, but whatever. Drew is still an upgrade over what we have now. Not a big upgrade, but an upgrade.

    • corey23 3 years ago

      I think Toronto wants Anderson back, I don’t think they want to give him up.

      • agureghian 3 years ago

        Which Anderson? Brett Anderson was never a part of TOR

        • sports33 3 years ago

          I think he means back meaning in return.

        • Snoochies8 3 years ago

          “Back” as in “in return for”….not sure where the confusion was

          But yeah, Would Toronto rather 3 (semi expensive) years of a #1/#2 or 6 cost controlled years of a #3?

        • OaklandA 3 years ago

          I think he just meant “back” as in the return for the trade

    • Andy Repinski 3 years ago

      I just don’t think Yunel will be traded, Toronto thinks they have a chance for a wild card spot, no point in selling off part that is certainly helping them get there. Specially to a team in the AL contending for that same spot.

  8. Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

    I’m 90% sure Rollins would accept a deal to Oakland. He’s wanted to play in the bay area for awhile now.

    • letsgogiants 3 years ago

      But would he really want to leave the Phillies, the only ballclub he has been with for his entire career? I’m sure for someone whom he won a world series with, that it’ll take some convincing for him to leave.

      • Phillies_Aces35 3 years ago

        It’d take some convincing, however he alluded to the fact that if he’d received interest from a team on the West Coast that he’d have had a tough decision with regards to where he wanted to play.

        Also, there’s the possibility he doesn’t think the Phillies are going to contend in the near future (which I don’t buy) and he would want to try to win with his home town team.

    • bayinsider 3 years ago

      If only those options for 2014-15 were club options. I think Oakland is def worried about his decline and Russell might be ready in late 2014

      • Iconoclast17 3 years ago

        Like Grant Green was supposed to be ready by 2011? Or, Michael Taylor by 2010?

  9. Coco, J-Ro, Reddick, Cespedes, Smith/Gomes, Inge, Carter, Suzuki and Weeks… That’s actually a very formidable lineup!

  10. Gumby65 3 years ago

    And Stephen Drew enters Gibby’s office…

  11. Deftones17 3 years ago

    According to the Dbacks beat writer, Nick Piecoro, Drew was just called into a closed door meeting with Kirk Gibson.

  12. I’d love to see AA get some value from Yunel and bring up Hech….its time.

  13. Deftones17 3 years ago

    Drew left Gibson’s office but then promptly walked to an area off limits to the press.

    • James Attwood 3 years ago

      Drew isn’t exactly known for ever talking to the press when not required to anyway. I’m cautiously optimistic that something is in the works, but until it is official the Drew is no longer a DBack I will not hold my breath for anything.

  14. Deftones17 3 years ago

    And Drew appears to be heading to the batting cage, so he apparently wasn’t traded.

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      “nah, we just felt like messing with media speculators”

    • James Attwood 3 years ago

      Hopefully it was a heads-up that a trade is being worked and that in all likelihood he should be expected to be traded mid-game. Unless a trade is a done deal, they are still going to want him to get game ready.

  15. Sign Walt Weis… XD

  16. FamousGrouse 3 years ago

    Alright someone trade something to someone soon.

    • I agree! But not one of those cash/player to be named later trades. I want a real trade

      • Snoochies8 3 years ago

        you mean like those Hanley/Eovaldi, Anibal + Infante/Turner +Brantly+ Flynn, and 10 player deals that haven’t been made yet 😉

  17. Please tell me That Drew will be Finally traded out

  18. Ill take anything from the A’s just to get rid of Rollins. Was a mistake signing him so pass that mistake to the A;s if possible, please?!

  19. Chioakcisco 3 years ago

    That’s 10x worse than Tejada.

  20. Too far, man. Too far.

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