Today, the A’s sit at 35-44 and are in last place in the AL West. They are 6 games behind first place Texas and have seen some improvement since Bob Melvin took over for Bob Geren.
With a little over a month until the MLB trade deadline, the A’s are going to have to get better and by getting better, they are going to have to hit better to make up some ground in the West and keep pace with Texas, the Angels and yes even the Mariners.
If the trade deadline were today, I’d say the A’s are in position to be buyers. What has been a very pleasant surprise is that they have a lot of starting pitching depth. With Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Tyson Ross, and Rich Harden all injured, no-namers like Guillermo Moscoso, Graham Godfrey and a non-injured Josh Outman have definitely picked up the slack and are showcasing the A’s incredible pitching depth.
When the aforementioned injured pitchers return, most likely the no-namers head back to Sacramento having proven they can pitch in the big leagues, which gives the A’s some leverage should they want to trade for 1-2 real bats.
But if the A’s fall farther into the AL West cellar, then perhaps they look to unload guys like Coco Crisp, Josh Willingham, Brian Fuentes (please, please, please), Grant Balfour and others and re-stock once again with an eye towards next season.
Critical month ahead for the A’s. Hopefully, Weeks can continue his great start and Chris Carter can bring something to the table. The A’s need to start getting excited about their future today.