According to Susan Slusser the A's are looking outside the organization for starting pitching. Usually it's rarity for non contending teams to look for veteran pitchers but the A's are in a bit of a different situation. They don't want to overwork rookies Trevor Cahill, Vin Mazarro and Brett Anderson. Beane and Geren have talked about going to a 6 man rotation but both the Duke and Braden remain on the DL so at this point that is not an option.
Slusser mentions that former A's ace Mark Mulder is a possibility and that the A's have discussed him at least on an internal level. My opinion is that we do need to shut down the three rookies at some point, it's not worth them getting overworked in a non contending situation. Brett Tomko led a shutout against the mighty Yankees on Monday and may remain and option, but in all seriousness how many of us expect him to do anything near that for the rest of the season? I would like the A's to call up Simmons and give him a start or two. I know many of you are against that but it' worth a shot. Clayton Mortenson is also a possiblity as is veteran Shawn Chacon who is struggling big time in AAA Sacramento. Our minor league options remain limited after that. I have no interest of seeing Jerome Williams pitching for the A's this season or ever for that matter. I am not sure how many if any veteran free agent starters are on the market or which ones would want to go to a non contending team. Another option is claiming players on waivers but i am sure the A's don't want to pick up much salary.