We've known it all along, but this team more than anything needs a legitimate power threat in the lineup. Carter and Taylor have been anything but stellar in the minors, so if we really feel like we can compete this season, I feel like trading for a power bat is the only option.
The target, in my opinion, should be Mark Reynolds. Beane and Byrnes have been trade partners in the past, most recently in the Haren deal.
Now the numbers are staggering. Reynolds strikes out a ton, much like Cust, however unlike Jack, this season Reynolds has shown he still has the ability to hit the longball, recording 17 HR and an OPS of .799. The fact that his OPS is down nearly 100 points from his stellar campaign last season, leads me to believe that now would be the time to target him, as Arizona has fallen 13 games back in the NL west.
This could be a good buy low time to get Reynolds to be our DH. Our team slugging percentage this season has been .384, good for 24th in the league. Reynolds SLG this season? .472, well over 100 points higher than the average of our DH's this season.
What would it take to get Reynolds, who is under a fresh contract through the 2012 season? I'm thinking something along the lines of Weeks and Mazzaro would get the talks started.
What are your thoughts? Should the A's go after Reynolds to add a legitimate DH option for the next few seasons, or should we look elsewhere for options, and what would the cost be of adding power to our weak lineup?