Slusser’s Latest: Cespedes, Milone, Fuld

Here’s some background news and notes on the Athletics’ big trade deadline moves from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle

  • It surprised many to see Yoenis Cespedes traded yesterday, but Slusser reports that the A’s were planning on dealing the outfielder this offseason anyway since the club didn’t think they would be able to extend him.  Cespedes has a contract option that allows him to become a free agent following the 2015 season.  In another piece, Slusser notes that “there never were very extensive talks” between Cespedes and the A’s about an extension.
  • Sam Fuld was the only Major League player being offered by any of the teams interested in Tommy Milone, which is why the A’s swung the deal with the Twins to provide immediate outfield help given Coco Crisp and Craig Gentry‘s injury problems.
  • Slusser notes that Oakland plans to keep Fuld for 2015, and he isn’t just a temporary solution while Gentry is on the DL with a broken hand.
  • The Athletics are still looking to add a second baseman before the August 31st trade deadline.


18 Responses to Slusser’s Latest: Cespedes, Milone, Fuld Leave a Reply

  1. Ace2095 11 months ago

    I think Beckham would be the most likely second baseman that the A’s could acquire this month.

  2. calamityfrancis 11 months ago

    The Mets should be ready to deal Daniel Murphy later in the month. Any interest A’s fans? If so, who are you willing to give up for him?

    • 108 stitches 11 months ago

      Daniel Murphy is legit at the plate and on the base paths (not just stolen bases, he garners value with savvy base running.)His defense is meh but he can play second first and a little left. Plus he has team control this year and next at reasonable rates (5.7 this year, likely in the 8 million range next year). As of today the A’s would have THE VERY LAST waiver claim on him. Even if he got as far as San Francisco that would be it. Almost a zero percent chance the A’s get him whether it’s another team blocking the A’s or a team that really wants him.

      • calamityfrancis 11 months ago

        good point. he’s not making it to the A’s.

        • 108 stitches 11 months ago

          If you are a Mets fan that’s not all bad. The Athletics are somewhat empty down on the farm. Other teams that would put a claim in on him should be able to give the Mets a better return. He won’t bring back an elite prospect but he should have some value for sure.

    • northsfbay 11 months ago

      The Angels can block Murphy from the A’s.

  3. guccci7383 11 months ago

    Ok fellas put ur gm hat on.. how much does cespedes get next off season on the open market

    • Dan Bowen 11 months ago

      6 years 120 or 7, 135 I could easily see.

    • liberalconservative 11 months ago

      6/90 would be the call unless he goes to Boston and just smashes in a shorter ballpark.

  4. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 11 months ago

    The A’s are going to have a hard time swinging a trade in August given their low waiver priority and limited payroll. Generally only players with very poor contracts make it that far down the waiver wire.

  5. northsfbay 11 months ago

    The could hold on to Cespedes and let him play out for a year and 2 months.

  6. unclejesse40 11 months ago

    Dang, I would have given up Aoki for Milone in a heartbeat!

    • Kansas_City 11 months ago

      Doubt the A’s would have preferred Aoki over Milone.

  7. Donnie Bandera 11 months ago

    Billy should have called the Phillies and offered Milone for Revere, as we are playing Grady Sizemore over Revere.. Revere is batting .306 with 30 steals. Billy blew that one big time.

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