The A’s would like to add a starting pitcher before the trade deadline comes around Wednesday, and the A’s have a preference for that pitcher to be Jake Peavy.
Wishing doesn’t make it so, of course, but the club is very much in the hunt for the Chicago White Sox’s right-hander, who cleaned out his locker Sunday morning with all indications a trade is just a day or so, if not an hour or so, away.
The Braves, the Dodgers, the Cardinals and the Red Sox came into Sunday as fellow contenders in the race to get Peavy as the White Sox try to shed salary and add good young prospects.
The A’s have not been buyers at the trade deadline often in the last decade.
Now that they are, so, apparently, is everybody else.
All of which is going to make it more difficult for the A’s to get something done at the deadline.
“It’s about how many players are available, simple supply and demand,’’ A’s general manager Billy Beane said. “Right now there are more buyers than there are sellers, more buyers than last year.’’
The A’s want to be one of the buyers when the deadline rolls around Wednesday.
Here’s your afternoon A’s update since I didn’t post anything baseball-related this morning:
–Coco Crisp says his left hamstring injury isn’t serious, and he thinks he’ll be back in the lineup tomorrow. Last season he missed time with an injury to his right hamstring, and he said he tried to play through that when he shouldn’t have. “I’m just trying to stay on top of it.” The left hamstring tightened on him last night as he swung during his second at-bat.
Ryan Sweeney started in center field today and hit leadoff in Crisp’s place. A’s manager Bob Geren said this morning that he’s seen more power from Sweeney in batting practice. Then Sweeney drilled a two-run homer to left-center in the third inning off the White Sox’s Jake Peavy — that’s opposite-field pop that Sweeney doesn’t display all that often. …
Craig Breslow is throwing in a minor league intrasquad game this afternoon, and he’ll do fielding drills afterward to test his sore hamstring. Breslow’s arm strength is fine but his mobility is keeping him out of Cactus League action to this point …