Warning: This is a "glass is half full" post, one in which we talk about trading FOR established major leaguers, and one in which no complaining about Bob Geren's managerial tactics shall be encouraged.
If by the trade deadline our Oakland Athletics have trimmed the deficit in the winnable AL West and Billy Beane decides his team can compete, who would you like to see him target? Some names that seem interesting:
Ryan Spilborghs OF/Col
Victor Martinez C, 1B/Cleveland
Aubrey Huff 1B, DH/Baltimore
Mark DeRosa Util/Cleveland
Lastings Milledge OF/Washington
Nick Johnson 1B/Washington
Victor Martinez is most likely out of the question given what Shapiro would demand for him. The others, however, seem like realistic targets. We have expendable pieces such as Gio, Gallagher, and Simmons to play around with, any of which should land us one of those targets besides V-Mart. Now that I'm in a creative mood, how about Gio, Gallagher, and Pennington for Brad Hawpe? Meh, just an idea. Anyway, who would you like to see the A's target?