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Athletics may look to bolster starting rotation through a trade

May 3, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle points out, the back of the Athletics’ starting rotation has been a problem in the first month-plus of the season. The top three in the rotation — Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, and Jesse Chavez — are a combined 16-2, Slusser writes, while everyone else (Dan Straily, Tommy Milone, Josh Lindblom) is 2-9.

Slusser adds that the A’s may deal from depth to address the rotation, citing catcher John Jaso as an example of someone who could be moved. Jaso has been platooning with Derek Norris behind the plate and both have gotten off to good starts. Jaso has a .758 OPS, but Norris currently owns an impressive 1.006 OPS himself.

  1. thisdamnbox - May 4, 2014 at 4:13 AM

    Openly Straight Billy Beane is a freakin’ miracle worker. I’m sure the trade will keep the As on top of the AL west all season.

    • scatterbrian - May 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      Thanks! I always get confused between Billy Beane and Billy Bean. Which one’s the gay one again?

      Thanks for keeping us all in check!

      • jwbiii - May 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        Billy Bean actually did write that book (Going the Other Way). Sony has bought the screen rights, so it’s not impossible that Brad Pitt could play both Billy Beane and Billy Bean. That would amuse me.

    • doctornature - May 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Beane is on the phone to Barry Zito, who is lowering his price to 7/99Million
      /s

  2. proudlycanadian - May 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    They can have Happ

    • paperlions - May 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      They are looking for a solution to a crappy back end of the rotation not for more crappy back end starters.

    • happytwinsfan - May 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      No, they must have Pelfry

  3. simon94022 - May 4, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Who’s going to give them a quality starter in return for John Jaso?

    • Francisco (FC) - May 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Especially this early in the season.

    • scatterbrian - May 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      In a perfect world: Philadelphia, in a package for Cliff Lee that doesn’t include Addison Russell.

      In the real world: an AL team looking to improve a LH catcher/DH/bench bat. That seems pretty limited…though I wouldn’t limit it to AL teams. The Dodgers seem like a possibility.

  4. gbrim - May 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Look to the coming DBacks fire sale, especially if Towers is fired. Their payroll would be unsustainable at current revenues and were counting on a big season to draw larger crowds and even things out a bit. We have seen how that works out. A’s could probably get McCarthy back for next to nothing once the red ink starts flowing in Arizona.

    • doctornature - May 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      McCarthy? Why? Do the A’s have a spot open on the DL they need to fill?

      McCarthy has made more money for so little return since Zito. He is one pitch away from another arm/shoulder DL stint. How he keeps getting a job is beyond me.

  5. rawdog2013 - May 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    We need to do something. Unless we score 5 runs Milone is a guaranteed loss. You never know what you’ll get with Strailey.

    If Jaso goes we bring Vogt up, which wouldn’t be bad.

  6. APBA Guy - May 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Sounds like no one in the front office is expecting to see AJ Griffin anytime soon.

  7. wgward - May 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    A’s need to look at their conditioning coaches and pitching coaches: too many former and current A’s pitchers are destroying their arms….

    • clydeserra - May 4, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      so conditioning is going to help a ligament?

      tell me more Dr. wgward

    • dmoas - May 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Hate to break it to you, but this is a baseball wide phenomenon, not an A’s centric one.

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