Contender Marketplace Part 8 As

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Peter Christian, Paul M. Banks & Soxman break down what each MLB contender needs to make the play-offs
 

Trade Rumors begin to heat up as the MLB trade deadline approaches.  The deadline is 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 31. Until then teams may trade players freely without having to go through the waiver process.

Since they have already been the league’s most active team in trades it appears that the A’s are trying out an unorthodox theory of winning while rebuilding. Billy Beane is one of the most active GM’s in the league in the effort to sell high and buy low. The dealing of Rich Harden, Chad Gaudin and Joe Blanton netted the A’s 7 prospects and should allow Beane a chance to utilize his already deep farm system to put the best team on the field down the stretch. However, Beane might not be done wheeling and dealing yet. With injuries to the bulk of their veterans (Eric Chavez, Frank Thomas, Mike Sweeney and Keith Foulke) the A’s only have four active players over the age of 30 on their roster (Alan Embree, Justin Duchscherer, Mark Ellis and Emil Brown). All of those active players have been mentioned in trade rumors. It is pretty unusual that a team still in the thick of the Wild Card race (and 10 games back of a team that I get the collapse vibe from) would be in such a “fire sale” mode, but with the stockpile of talent that Oakland has built up it might just be time to let the kids play.
–Peter Christian

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This may be the most interesting team to watch these last few days because everyone in need of pitching will covet them; they possess the best starter (Justin Duchscherer) and bullpen guy (Huston Street) still available. I’ll be honest: the Athletics are quickly becoming my third favorite team. (Cubs are second) As an MBA grad, I have a soft spot for the “Moneyball” approach and enjoy watching good baseball mix with good financial discipline and they’re also the parent club of my Kane County Cougars, the minor league team that I’ve covered extensively and grown affection for….Doesn’t hurt that my final two years of little league the team I played for was the A’s as well.  It will be also be fascinating to see what happens when the A’s move in to Cisco Field in 2012, will this bring in a new stream of revenue? Will it change their economic philosophy?
–Paul M. Banks

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Despite being in second place at the break, it is completely obvious GM Billy Beane is waving the White Flag on the 2008 Season and re-stocking with top prospects.  With the trades of Dan Haren, Rich Harden, and Joe Blanton, it would be a miracle to see the A’s make the play-offs.  The biggest rumor surrounding the A’s is” “Who will be traded next?”  Huston Street could draw a great deal on interest as could Mark Ellis.
–Soxman
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  1. Ghost in the Machine says

    Trade Duchscherer to the Good Guys!

  2. paulmbanks says

    agreed. He can take Contreras spot

  3. Peter Christian says

    Great idea!! Trade a Duchscherer, a low strike-out guy that has been reaping the benefits of an expansive field to keep balls in the park and keep runners on the basepaths to a smaller hitter friendly park in the middle of the pennant race. As a Twins fan I love it.

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