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A’s must look elsewhere with Hanley Ramirez off the board

So much for the A’s efforts at landing Hanley Ramirez, after the Dodgers swung a four-player trade to acquire the infielder from the Miami Marlins. It’s not surprising to see Ramirez go to a deep-pocketed team. Los Angeles is reportedly taking on all of the $38 million remaining on Ramirez’s contract, certainly something that the A’s would not have done. Where do the A’s look next? I know they have interest in Toronto shortstop Yunel Escobar, and as I wrote in last night’s game story, Escobar is much more affordable than Ramirez. He’s making $5 million this season and next, with $5 million club options for 2014 and 2015. It’s my understanding that the Blue Jays are very high on Brett Anderson, and I’m told the clubs have even discussed Anderson at some point this season. I don’t know when that might have occurred, and that has not been confirmed with anyone from the A’s. But it’s something to keep in mind.

Who else might teams be targeting from the A’s? Surely Triple-A right-hander Dan Straily, who has a 0.96 ERA in seven starts with Sacramento. For the season, Straily has an eye-popping 171 strikeouts in 132 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. The A’s have to decide whether they are willing to part with this guy as a potential centerpiece in a deal.

With the A’s rolling along and climbing up the standings, there’s always the option that they do nothing before Tuesday’s trade deadline and see just how good of a push their current group can make. But I expect them to definitely pursue the left-side infield trade options now that Ramirez is off the market. They appear to be eyeing shortstop more than third base for an upgrade.

Would you rather see the A’s make at least one trade or stand pat?

Joe Stiglich

  • crister

    Pennington and co have been painful to watch this year.
    Grant Green must really be bad at shortstop to not even get a sniff considering whose in front of him at that position.
    Even someone hitting 245 or so with moderate power would be a big time upgrade over what Oakland’s been trotting out and that’s saying something.
    First instinct would be to say no to anything having to do with Anderson, but if they can get rid of Cahill and Gonzalez, then it’s not that unreasonable to consider Anderson too. It’s not like Oakland’s gotten anything from him for the past year anyway and it’s always easier to be seduced by potential as opposed to actual results.

  • Oakland4ever

    Sogard is 26 & put up excellent numbers at AAA…why not give him a shot at SS rather than Escobar/Drew who are little upside players

  • rick

    Why not inquire about Marco scutaro? Would be an upgrade over the position now. He wouldn’t upset the clubhouse chemistry and he always seemed to come through with timely hits. Plus he wouldn’t cost much compared to other options! Someone get me Billy beane’s office!

  • crister

    Was at the game in 06 against the Twins when Scutaro came through to get us into the series with Detroit. Probably the funnest game I’ve been at as an adult.

  • Stan

    I know A’s announcer Ken Korach always enjoyed saying “Marco Scuuutaro”

  • Chris

    Yunieski Betancourt has some pop in his bat but his defense is weak. KC desperate for anyone that can pitch 4 innings with an era of less than 7.