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A’s are in on Stephen Drew, out on Jimmy Rollins

Jul 30, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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7:50 p.m. EDT update: Apparently it was a false alarm. Drew exited the office and went to hit in the Diamondbacks’ indoor cage, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert says.

7:35 p.m. EDT update:  The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports that Stephen Drew was just called into manager Kirk Gibson’s office. It sounds like a trade may have gotten done.

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ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported Monday that the A’s and Diamondbacks are still talking about Stephen Drew as Oakland looks to shore up in shortstop situation.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com said the A’s also took a glance at the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins, but while Philadelphia wasn’t asking for a lot in return, salary was an issue. The A’s may have wanted the Phillies to pick up a portion of the approx. $26 million that Rollins is owed through 2014.

MLB.com’s Peter Gammons also chimed in on the A’s earlier in the day, saying the team backed off on Drew and on Toronto’s Yunel Escobar. The A’s also looked at San Diego’s Chase Headley as an upgrade at third base, but they refused to offer right-hander Daniel Straily, who could be added to their rotation next month.

The A’s could always wait until after the deadline to address shortstop. Both Drew and Rollins appear likely to clear waivers, meaning they’d still be eligible to be dealt. Escobar might as well, though his contract is pretty favorable.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Not the Escobar nonsense again? His contract is favourable and here in Toronto, it is expected that he will be moved to second base next season. The US media does not know what plans lurk in the subterranean mind of AA.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      As far as trades concerning the Jays are concerned, where there is smoke, there is no fire. Blue Jay trades are not leaked.

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    There are several profound negatives in taking Drew from the A’s perspective:

    – He is a Boras client, and is owed about $ 2.6M for the remainder of 2012 and another $ 1.3 buyout on his 2013 $ 13M option.

    – That’s $ 4m for a 2 month rental on a guy who is currently on a .539 OPS for 2012. That’s the same as Cliff Pennington (at .541) and less than Brandon Hicks (at .643.)

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      Hicks seems to be OK. I saw him play against the Jays, and he played well. I doubt that Drew would be an upgrade.

  3. biasedhomer - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Please take Jimmy Rollins, mistake signing.

  4. funnyman549 - Jul 30, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Signing Jimmy Rollins to that ridiculous contract was the beginning of the end for Ruben Amaro and Charlie Manuel. I hope the A’s are smarter than that.

    • dannythebisforbeast - Jul 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      i hope their not. if they do pay some of the salary they better get talent, dont trust amaro
      judging talent. all he has done so far is write big checks.hasnt shown he can get back talent in a trade or that he can fill in the pieces with role players that become pretty good like gillick

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