The news keeps coming from A’s headquarters. ESPN Deportes is reporting that Oakland offered free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre a five-year, $64 million contract. Then a more concrete development was announced: The A’s have traded outfielder Rajai Davis to Toronto for minor league relievers Trystan Magnuson and Danny Farquhar. You can read a full story on that trade. The A’s had too many outfielders and not enough spots, so it wasn’t a shock they dealt someone. Davis is a big loss — he’s an electrifying player that often sparked the A’s with his speed. He was also one of the team’s healthiest position players the past two years. That made him a very valuable player — and also one other teams would covet.
A potentially bigger story would be if the A’s land Beltre, one of the cream-of-the-crop hitters of the free agent class. Would he consider the A’s after turning down a three-year offer from them last winter?