Hi friends! I am promoting this post by whizdad (father of the epically collegiate whizkid) because I like the theme and it seems appropriate... we wanna hear what you'd do if this were a month from now and the time was running out to make deals. Enjoy the day off and let's have your comments and discussions below as you get those GM shoes on your feet and decide if you're a buyer, a seller or maybe even a little of both. Thanks!!! -EN
OK, imagine it's nearing the end of July and the A's are still 5-6 games out. Given today's perspective, what would you do? Are you buying or selling? Let's hear what you do when you put your GM hat on?
Given that between now and then, McCarthy, Ross and maybe Harden will be in the rotation, do you try to pick up another starter? Do you give Ellis the courtesy of going to a true pennant contender knowing his playing time is limited at best and blocking Carter at first base? Do you try to find a new first baseman or do you give Carter his shot? Do you keep Powell or see if Recker has any major league potential? Do you dangle Coco because Sweeney plays a darned fine CF and we're (relatively) stacked with outfielders? Do you sell a reliever? Who's untouchable? Who would you trade for a A league reliever just to get rid of them. (And, no, we already got rid of OldBob so he's not eligible.)
Only ground rule for this discussion: you cannot, under any circumstances, bring back Jack Cust.
So Mr./Ms. GM, what would you do?
I'll start off by saying I think Carter needs to get his shot and I'm really curious about Recker's potential. I've seen him in spring training for several years now and he could be playing middle linebacker in the NFL. He appears to be tearing up the PCL (though Donaldson played in the game I saw).
Do not touch list: any of our starting pitchers, Pennington, Weeks.
Available: Fuentes, Fuentes, maybe Wuertz, Powell, Fuentes and DeJesus.