I know the A's need hitting, but they also need good PR and seats filled. Why not go after Dontrelle Willis? He is currently 5-2, 2.74 and 61 KOs in 12 games for the Triple A Louisville Bats.
Remember, the once pulled a local kid off the MLB scrapheap, mid-season and that didn't turn out half bad ... Dave Stewart.
Dontrelle has had some issues with anxiety issues, but he's still only 29 and some home cooking would do him some good. He grew up wanting to pitch for the A's. What more could you ask for?