Less than 2 weeks away is the GM meetings and Beane is looking to trade. So expect a trade to take place because Beane usualy moves quick and before the end of the year on trades. Now I do not have any inside information but just by putting comments together by trade rumors I know that the A's are willing to trade starting pitching for a big bat. So no need to post a link because it is all guessing by me.
1. Beane trades Anderson and Kouz to the Mets for David wright. Why? The Mets need pitching and Anderson is a #1 starter that could be the center piece of their rotation. Kouz is to give the mets a starting thirdbaseman. I know right now some are saying no way the A's should trade Anderson but to get a David wright you must give up a quality player. Sandy Alderson the new mets GM has mentioned that wright could be up for trade. the A's would have the #4 hitter they need and a solid thirdbaseman.
2. Win the signing rights to Iwakumra. At least it would keep the M's or Rangers from getting a starter. He would replace whoever the A's trade this off season. I don;'t think he would be a #1 starter but could be a good #3 starter especially in Oakland and bring the Asian fans to the A's games.
3. If all else fails sign a couple of free agents. Beltre is atop of Beane's list so if 1 fails then back up is Beltre if his price is right. Ordonez is the other free agent Beane will look at. Werth and Crawford will most likely out of the A's price range. Werth is a high risk since he may not hit in a pitchers park. Crawford most likely ends in Boston where he is over paid.
We all hope a couple big bats come the A's way that are good hitters. No Derek Lees that are at the end of their productive years. Look for these names to be shopped around Josh Donaldson, Vin Mazzaro, and Dallas Braden.