More Lumber for the Rumor Mill

According to Peter Gammons:

The first two teams to step up to Oakland seeking one of the Big Three are the Braves (offering second baseman Marcus Giles and left-handed pitcher Dan Meyer) and the Orioles (offering pitchers Erik Bedard and John Maine). A's GM Billy Beane will wait and take in offers from other teams. Beane is also talking to the Pirates about a deal for Jason Kendall, which would involve Arthur Rhodes and Mark Redman. If the A's are able to acquire Kendall, Beane could then move him at some point, with catchers Landon Powell, John Baker and Jeremy Brown all currently minor leaguers in Oakland's system.

I like the idea of Giles patroling the A's infield and it would probably give the A's one of the best infields in the majors, hitting-wise (except Texas, of course).  But I guess it depends on the cost.  Plus, I think there needs to be more to the offer than just Giles and Dan Meyer.

I do like the idea of getting Kendall by unloading Rhodes contract in a trade of bad contracts.  Plus, it makes me worry if Billy was to trade one of The Big Three and then also deal Redman, the A's would have to fill two slots.  I guess Duchscherer could come out of the pen, but that also means that you'd be replacing Zito, Hudson or Mulder with Blanton or Duchscherer.

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