Just as there are many star players who deserve thier staus in baseball, there are many who are not as highly rated by most of baseball, who would be a bargain to get for pretty much noone. I have a list of (as far as I know) easily obtainable players who are the kind of guys the A's like (again, as far as I know) Here they are
Gregg Zaun C Toronto- Zaun is the kind of guy who no one thinks is particuraly good, but if you look at some of his stats they are flat-out amazing. Last year Zaun hit .251 with a .355 OBP. He walked 73 times compared to 70 strikeouts. But its his lesser known stats that are evn better 4.25 Pitches seen per plate appearance, took 59.7% of his pitches,when he did swing he only missed 12.4% of his swings, and he only swung at the first pitch 20.3% of the time.
Problems- He's 34, stathead JP Riccardi is Toronto's GM, and Jason Kendall had comparable stats. However, I still think that if hes easily obtainable hes worth the bench spot.
Oscar Robles IF Dodgers- Another guy I really like. He's a good hitter (.272 Ba, .332 ObP). But, its his plate discipline that earns him a spot on this list. takes a staggering 65% of pitches (comparable to Bobby Abreu) swings at the first pitch a miniscuile 7% of the time, only missed 6% of swings, and saw 4.02 pitches per plate appearance. The dodgers have too many infielders, and Robles should be easily obtainable (as far as I know)
Problems-we have quite a few IF, and if Beane got antonio perez instead of robles, then I dunno.
Noah Hall OF Baltimore- Last year at High A Winston Salem he hit .332, 86 walks to 76 K's,26 Homers, a .459 OBP, a .633 Slugging for an unbelievable 1.092 OPS. For his efforts, the White Sox realeased the 28 year old, where he was signed by Baltimore. I know these are high A stats, but theyre pretty hard to ignore.
More to follow. Enjoy.