There are some things about the offense that I really like for example, Dejesus and Barton have the ability to hit for a good average, Suzuki could if Geren would learn how to properly manage his playing time, Crisp is a good hitter with speed and can do a lot of things on the bases, and Willingham has ok power. Some things that I do not like are Ellis batting the way that he is right now, Kouz batting and defending the way that he does right now and the serious lack of power in the lineup. If I were in charge which I clearly am not I would try and trade some of the A’s commodities to try and beef up the lineup. I would not trade Suzuki, I would rather try and trade Barton and one of our outfielders, maybe Sweeney for instance or Connor Jackson and get some decent prospects. I would bring up Chris Carter and weeks and let them learn a bit at 1st base and 2nd base heck maybe even play Landon Powell a bit at 1st base as well.
I would be very hesitant to trade any of our pitching unless we would receive a good MLB 3rd baseman to replace Kouz. My philosophy here would be if we are going to struggle with a league bottom offense why not struggle and get some of our prospects some valuable experience at the same time and it’s not as if they could do any worse right? I also still believe that Kurt Suzuki can be an integral part of our lineup and he just needs to be managed better, I think that his struggles are more on Geren than on Suzuki. Will any of this actually happen? Probably not, but I think that if it were to happen at least we would be building our offense for the future where as right now we are playing a bunch of veterans who probably won’t be a part of the A’s in a few years. Just my thoughts what do you all think?