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Surprising A’s are pursuing a shortstop

Jul 17, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

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With Cliff Pennington continue to hover around the Mendoza Line, the A’s are hunting for a shortstop,’s Ken Rosenthal reports.

The A’s are winners of nine of their last 10 games and are now 46-43 for the season, putting themselves right in the mix for a wild card spot.

Rosenthal lists Toronto’s Yunel Escobar and Arizona’s Stephen Drew as possibilities for the A’s. The Jays might be willing to move Escobar with Adeiny Hechavarria putting up decent numbers at Triple-A Las Vegas, particularly if it would get them some immediate pitching help. Escobar, though, has been quite a disappointment himself this season, hitting .251/.299/.339 in 342 at-bats.

The A’s would probably be better off upgrading at third rather than at short. As terrible as Pennington has been with the bat this year — he’s hitting .203/.266/.290 — he still offers fine defense, and he’s been a perfectly respectable hitter in the past (he finished with identical .687 OPSs in 2010 & ’11). He’s a better bet than Brandon Inge to serve as an average regular over the rest of the season.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    It’s probably fair to say that the A’s are floating the idea that they may, may, take on a shortstop/3B type as part of a trade package for McCarthy or Colon or Balfour. It’s unlikely they’ll take on a big salary or any long term commitments for marginal improvement. They’d rather have more prospects back from their trades. But as I said earlier today, it’s likely they’ll wait until after this week (6 games against the Rangers and Yankees) and assess where they are before actually pulling the trigger on any deals.

  2. chasemutley - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:01 AM


    • greymares - Jul 17, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      i think thats the 1 place Rollins would go (home)

  3. denny65 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Looking for a shortstop, As? Hey, give the Mariners a call, they might be willing to deal on Brendan Ryan. Good defensive SS, turns a sweet double-play, the only major-leaguer who can do impressions of Robert DeNiro and Harry CarayJohnny Carson.

    What? You want someone who hits ABOVE the Mendoza Line? Oh, sorry, never mind.

  4. hittfamily - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Kurt Suzuki for Sean Rodriguez?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:14 AM

      I like that idea.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    I can’t see the Jays trading Escobar. Kelly Johnson is about to become a free agent and Escobar will probably be moved to second base next year.

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