Athletics Likely To Try To Deal For Starting Pitching

The Athletics are likely to try to make a deal for starting pitching, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Another option might be to stretch out Drew Pomeranz and move him into their rotation.

The Athletics have gotten great results from Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jesse Chavez this offseason, but haven’t done as well with Dan Straily, Tommy Milone and Josh Lindblom. They’ve also lost Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin, both of whom have had Tommy John surgery. Slusser suggests that the A’s could perhaps trade a big-league position player, maybe someone like catcher John Jaso, for a pitcher.

Early May is not prime trading season, of course, and most significant trades don’t occur until later in the summer. The A’s currently lead the Rangers by two games in the AL West.


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54 Comments on "Athletics Likely To Try To Deal For Starting Pitching"


Ace McCloud®
1 year 3 months ago

Thank goodness. I love what Sonny, Kaz and Jesse are doing..but after last night I knew we’d have to do something cause Strails and Milone aren’t getting it done.

liberalconservative
1 year 3 months ago

Straily has struggled this season. he might be more of a bullpen guy. Curt Young has done a great job in making below average pitchers into solid starters.

chicothekid
1 year 3 months ago

The Mets have pitching available now and are one of the few teams who do. They could probably have Colon back for free, but Gee would also be available and everyone knows what the A’s farm system looks like. Seems like a match made in heaven to me if they can agree on a price.

Seamaholic
1 year 3 months ago

A’s don’t have a particularly good farm system.

JoshSyvertsen
1 year 3 months ago

Forgive my ignorance…do the A’s have any descent position player prospects?

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 3 months ago

Addison Russell, ranked #3 overall by Keith Law this year.
I think #11 by MLB.

Pei Kang
1 year 3 months ago

The only way the Mets will get Addison Russell is by trading Montero +deGrom+.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 3 months ago

I assume the A’s want proven major league starters and not prospects. So, that wouldn’t happen either.

Pei Kang
1 year 3 months ago

maybe. We really can’t predict what Beane thinks.

agureghian
1 year 3 months ago

That is a stupid trade for the A’s.

Snoochies8
1 year 3 months ago

Why’d the Brewers have to do a silly thing like get off to a major league best start? I wanted Gallardo! Now I don’t know who would be a good target. Shields? Masterson? Eovaldi?

TheoHoyer
1 year 3 months ago

Cubs have a few SP trade candidates.

Billy's Braintrust
1 year 3 months ago

Doesn’t help Straily or Milone when the offense doesn’t generate runs either. If Jaso’s on the chopping block, the Royals won’t bite w/ Shields (they have Perez behind the plate). Masterson is too damn good at the head of Cleveland’s rotation. I smell a surprise coming from the Braintrust.

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 3 months ago

Want Doubront? Just ship Reddick back.

Steve Corbett
1 year 3 months ago

Nobody wants Doubront

Eric Droegemeier
1 year 3 months ago

Nor should they

1 year 3 months ago

The Sox don’t really have a need for Reddick.

johnsilver
1 year 3 months ago

Or want him back. Streaky hitter, strikes out a lot with massive holes in his swing. One reason Bryce Brentz is (and will stay for awhile) at Pawtucket.

Think Doubrant also would be dealt this coming off season if the team didn’t have 2 potential FA in Lester/Peavy. They could fill both from within from the outstanding Pawtucket 5 rotation of course, though think if lester is allowed to leave the team will work a short term deal (1-2y) with Peavy and Doubront moved anyway due to his inconsistencies.

Freddie Morales
1 year 3 months ago

Getting back Colon and cash for a reliever sounds like a win win for both teams. Mets can put Dice-K, Montero, or DeGrom in the rotation until Syndergaard is ready to come up later this season.

liberalconservative
1 year 3 months ago

Brandon McCarthy back to Oakland in a money dump by the d-backs

1 year 3 months ago

I would not rule out a David Price trade. With a legitimate ace, this team could be a strong World Series contender and it would get more national exposure for their stadium issue. Beane has shown an increased willingness to spend.

Seamaholic
1 year 3 months ago

Russell available? If so, you can get Price. If not, fuhgettaboutit unless the Rays fall out of the race.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 3 months ago

Yeah, I don’t see a trade working out with Price. For this exact reason. The A’s won’t trade Russell and the Rays won’t trade Price without him.

1 year 3 months ago

That’s a tough call, but one that I would make. Russell might be a top ranked prospect, but the A’s are in a win now mode and have the pitchers necessarily to stomach the blow if Russell does end up making it as a big league starter. I don’t think it would be as bad as the Shields/Myers trade.

liberalconservative
1 year 3 months ago

Rays have just signed Escobar to a extension so there is not a need for a SS. Price is a costly piece which I don’t see Beane going after him unless the price is way down.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
1 year 3 months ago

It’s a bit shocking to me that the A’s may have to go outside of the organization for pitching. I guess their ‘endless’ supply of young, talented pitchers has come to an end.

They should call the Cubs or the Cardinals.

rouscher
1 year 3 months ago

Want cliff lee and some money? We’ll go for addison reed and another prospect

Cabro Epico
1 year 3 months ago

ha!

liberalconservative
1 year 3 months ago

Addisob Reed will not be traded how about Micheal Taylor and Daric Barton

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 3 months ago

I wanted Cliff Lee last year, but nobody is getting Addison Russell.

Sky14
1 year 3 months ago

It might be difficult for the A’s to trade Addison Reed.

Yankees420
1 year 3 months ago

I’m sure Towers won’t mind.

Cabro Epico
1 year 3 months ago

where’s barry zito?

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 3 months ago

Where he should be

JoshSyvertsen
1 year 3 months ago

Counting his cash…

Cabro Epico
1 year 3 months ago

hahaha

Seamaholic
1 year 3 months ago

Prepare to overpay then. If any decent pitcher becomes available, Beane won’t be the only GM slobbering over him, to put it mildly.

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 3 months ago

The A’s need to send Straily to AAA and throw Pomeranz in the rotation. Milone is a big league starter, he just isn’t good. Straily has good stuff, but completely forgets he’s playing in a baseball game for 5-10 batters a game. It’s either a four pitch walk with nothing close or a batting practice fastball thigh high at 87 mph. It happens so consistently. I’m not a big fan of trading Jaso, but it needs to be a power pitcher if he’s involved. Someone that can strike out a lot of guys that the A’s can use in the playoffs to make it past the first round.

Ron Loreski
1 year 3 months ago

Jed Lowrie for Jeff Locke and Jeanmar Gomez.

misunderestimated
1 year 3 months ago

No way the A’s make that deal

macdice
macdice
1 year 3 months ago

I am sure an As fan will correct me but doesn’t Yoenis Céspedes have one more season left on his contract after this year? I wonder if Bene would trade him for a starter, trying to leverage 1.5 years of Céspedes who they might not be able to resign?

Snoochies8
1 year 3 months ago

That would have to wait until the offseason

Pei Kang
1 year 3 months ago

AJ Cole…wait…

liberalconservative
1 year 3 months ago

AJ Cole took forever to make it out of A ball. He is still a good 3 years away. Very inconsistent pitcher more likely a reliever when he makes it to the majors.

RyanWKrol
1 year 3 months ago

This proves that there’s a difference between pitching depth on paper, and pitching depth on the mound. That depth still has to perform. But I’m wondering if it’s a starter they really need since they’re tops in SP ERA and 2nd in SP IP. I mean, what do they really expect from their 4th and 5th starters? Or maybe something is concerning them regarding the top 3? All I know is there are many other teams with much more of a need at SP. Think the A’s are far from needing to press the panic button on their rotation.

Chris Koch
1 year 3 months ago

So how long before the Jeff Samardzija rumors begin and the A’s? Probably the only team that remotely feels out of contention…Ok there’s Houston too but What Pitcher do they have that would remotely improve the A’s?