Oakland Athletics: 5 Players They Could Do Without in 2014

Oakland Athletics: 5 Players They Can Do Without For the Rest of the Season

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The Oakland Athletics have baseball's record (48-30) with June winding down, and they'll have to keep winning with two other teams within seven games in the American League West right now.

Here are five players Oakland can do without as they look to set themselves up for a deep postseason run.

5. C Stephen Vogt

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5. C Stephen Vogt

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Vogt has only played 18 games (58 plate appearances) this season, and if Derek Norris avoids any further bad luck in terms of taking back swings and foul balls behind the plate the A's don't seem to need a third catcher.

4. 2B Eric Sogard

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4. 2B Eric Sogard

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Sogard is hitting just .194 with nine RBI in 55 games (144 at-bats) this season. Oakland has other options (Nick Punto, Alberto Callaspo, Andy Parrino) on the major league roster and at Triple-A that can be used at second base and produce similar, or hopefully better, results.

3. P Jeff Francis

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3. P Jeff Francis

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Francis was picked up off waivers in May, but he has only made six appearances (10.2 innings) with a 7.59 ERA for Oakland.

2. 1B Daric Barton

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2. 1B Daric Barton

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Barton was designated for assignment and then sent to Triple-A in May. At age 28 (29 in August) now, the A's don't look likely to give him another chance anytime soon.

1. RP Jim Johnson

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1. RP Jim Johnson

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Johnson lost the closer role early in the season, and he has a 5.51 ERA in 31 appearances. Oakland has plenty of bullpen depth, and they may be willing to cover some of Johnson's remaining salary for this year to help facilitate a trade.

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