Let’s Trade with the Oakland Athletics
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Jason had the unique perspective of being an Athletics blogger, then was asked to come be an editor at CTH, and he quickly became an Astros fan with everything they did the past year. So he has a good knowledge of Billy Beane‘s thinking as well as Jeff Luhnow’s. Don’t expect the A’s to want Scott Feldman or Colby Rasmus, they want cheap young talent back in a trade. So let’s look at a few excerpts from Jason’s article, the full article can be found here.
“Chances are you’ve already thought of the Houston Astros making a play for Kazmir this season, but one name that isn’t as talked about is Tyler Clippard, the fill-in closer that was acquired during the offseason for Yunel Escobar. With the A’s playing terribly up until a few days ago, Clippard wasn’t seeing a ton of action accumulating just 19 innings this season while notching a 2.37 ERA. Why acquire Clippard? Pairing him with Luke Gregerson would give the eighth and ninth innings a whole new feel and would also allow Josh Fields, Chad Qualls and Pat Neshek to man earlier innings.”-Jason Burke.
Jason then went on to create an actual trade idea.
“The timeframe for the deal could play a role in the package that is offered, but the pair of Michael Feliz and Brett Phillips could do the trick. If a deal is struck well before the deadline, Joe Sclafani could be an extra player that Oakland would target. While Sclafani is having a down year thus far with Fresno, his versatility would be coveted by Beane, and would make trading Ben Zobrist that much easier. Feliz had a 4.41 ERA in Lancaster this season, but was called up to Corpus Christi late last week and has yet to make an appearance with the Hooks. Phillips is batting .339 with seven homers and 27 driven in with the JetHawks this season, and would make trading Josh Reddick a possibility to consider for Oakland.”-Jason Burke.
The Trade Idea
What did the Readers Think of the Trade Idea?
Sounds Good! Make it Happen, Luhnow! – 20.9%
No Way Oakland Accepts that Offer! – 20.1%
We’re Sending Too Much! – 59%
- No, trades! It’s not how are building this new team. We have already given away all our talent and Now we are building it with prospects, not by trades. I guessed it’s something to write about but did you pass this by the owner before you wrote it? I think not! Patience and development of prospects win championships; you can’t buy them.
- I do not know if this is a good trade (it seems a little expensive from an Astro perspective), but the folks over at the Crawfish Boxes don’t think highly of it.
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