On the Block: A's Bullpen is its Greatest Trade Asset

By joshuarussell

News Flash: The Oakland A’s need to get better. Ok, now that you have picked your jaw up off the floor, there is absolutely no question, the A’s need to make some moves. Whether it’s to make room for younger players or to bring in a little more ‘pop’, it’s clear the roster in its current form is not going to win the A’s an AL West crown.

So here are the top pitching assets the A’s have that they can leverage for an impact bat or to help further stock their minor leagues.

Grant Balfour – Balfour has lived up to expectations as a beast in the bullpen. In 28 games, Balfour is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA, 13 walks and 29 strike outs and one save. Balfour can jump into any rotation and provide a solid end of the game role. Maybe the Yankees give him a look since Joba Chamberlain is out for the year.

Michael Weurtz – Weurtz was heavily pursued last year and has been injured much of this year but has come back and already re-established himself as a lights-out reliever. In 20 games, Weurtz has a 2.33 ERA with 8 walks and 17 strike outs.

Joey Devine – Similar to Weurtz, Devine has been injured and in fact, was out all of the 2009 and 2010 seasons. But, the would-be-closer is back in the rotation and showing the A’s what he can do. In 11 innings, he has a 1.54 ERA, a 0-1 record and has only given up 2 earned runs. Devine would be the biggest risk given his injury history but so far, the stats tell the story of his potential value.

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