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Oakland Athletics’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Oakland Athletics Top 5 Trade Assets

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It seems as if the Oakland Athletics annually have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball. That's a great thing to have, except the tradeoff is that heir payroll is one of the lowest in the league and the offense suffers because of it.

Big-name international player Yoenis Cespedes was brought in last season on a big contract to be that middle-of-the-lineup guy that the Athletics needed. However, after a rough start to the 2013 season, many are wondering if he will be able to catch fire again.

Bob Melvin has been given a team with a lot of heart, but it's a squad with a little less talent than most. I would say this Athletics team, however, is the most talented one they've had in a while.

The Athletics pitching staff is one of the best in baseball, though their offense is hurting a bit, especially with guys like Cespedes and Josh Reddick hitting in the low .200-range. These are guys that were expected to be reliable qualtities in the middle of the order, but have under-produced.

Oakland is currently in first place in the American League West and they have one of the best records in MLB. However, the Texas Rangers are nipping at their heels while the Los Angeles Angels are playing the role of the quiet assassin, lurking in the bushes and ready to take over the division once they feel ready.

The A's look to win their sixth division title in the past 13 years and they have a great chance to do so if they add a bat to their lineup. With that said, here are their top five trade assets.

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5. Eric Sogard, 2B

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Solid second basemen are a hot commodity in baseball today. Eric Sogard is young and has potential to be an everyday player at the position. If the Athletics are looking to add pieces to make a World Series run, they may want to consider trading the 27-year-old.

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4. Chris Young, CF

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It may be wise for the Athletics to consider trading outfielder Chris Young. The 29-year-old is struggling this season with a .187 average and eight homers, but he has some special pop in his bat. Another team could put him to better use than Oakland does now.

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3. Josh Reddick, RF

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Josh Reddick is one of the Athletics' best power hitters, so they probably won't want to get rid of him. However, the 26-year-old is surely coveted by many teams despite his alarming career .240 average. He hit 32 home runs last season and that could be a sign of things to come.

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2. Tommy Milone, SP

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Tommy Milone is one of the best young arms on staff. However, the 26-year-old has been struggling a bit this season, posting an 8-7 record with a 4.11 ERA. Many teams will be looking to add a starter come trade time.

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1. Yoenis Cespedes, CF

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Yoenis Cespedes was brought in for top dollar when the Athletics signed him last season. However, he's another Oakland batter who's struggling in 2013. I know they wouldn't even consider trading him, but imagine the talent they could get if he was involved.