The A’s are playing much better than projected as they have a 38-42 record, which has them in 3rd place in the A.L. West, 12 games behind the Rangers. Here is a look at the players most likely to get deal this month by A’s GM Billy Beane:
Kurt Suzuki – With Derek Norris in the show, the A’s will likely try to move Suzuki. The Rays and Nationals would likely have an interest in Suzuki. I think a deal with the Rays makes the most sense here.
Daric Barton – I don’t see much interest in Daric Barton. The A’s could force him to be included in a deal. I think by himself, only the Brewers would have a smidge of interest in him.
Cliff Pennington – SS Cliff Pennington is falling out of favor with the A’s. I think the Rays, Brewers and Giants might have an interest in him as a starter. The Cardinals and Yankees as a backup.
Brandon Inge – Inge has played decent ball for the A’s. That being said, only the Angels and Dodgers would likely have interest in him.
Seth Smith – The A’s probably don’t want to deal Smith because of his team friendly contract. That being said, the Orioles, White Sox, Nationals, Marlins, Reds, Dodgers and Giants all would be in the hunt for him if the A’s make him available.
Jonny Gomes – Teams looking for a righty swinging power hitting corner outfielder could take a look at Gomes. The Yankees, White Sox and Nationals will all likely have interest in him.
Coco Crisp – CF Coco Crisp will likely garner a fair share of interest on the trade market. The Indians, Orioles, Marlins and Dodgers will likely be the most interested parties.
Bartolo Colon – If Bartolo Colon gets healthy before the trade deadline, look for the Yankees, Orioles, Blue Jays, White Sox, Royals, Rangers and Braves will all likely have interest. A deal with the Royals (if they stay in the playoff race) makes the most sense to me.
Brandon McCarthy – Like Colon, if McCarthy can prove he’s healthy this month, the phone’s going to be ringing off the hook. The Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays, White Sox, Indians, Royals, Rangers and Braves will all have interest in him.
Grant Balfour – Grant Balfour is going to be a popular name in the trade market. The Red Sox and Mets will both likely be after him.
Jeremy Blevins & Brian Fuentes – Teams looking for lefty relievers that can pitch late in games are going to be calling the A’s about Blevins and Fuentes. The Rangers, Brewers, Mets, Phillies and Dodgers will likely have the most interest in them.