I woke up this morning to two very interesting articles on MLBTR. The first is that the Nats are aggressively shopping John Lannen, who is a good SP with a 5mm salary for this year: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/nationals-aggressively-shopping-john-lannan.html
The 2nd is that both Damon and Guerrero are seeking $5mm deals: http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/damon-guerrero-seek-5mm-deals.html
The reason I bring these up is because by coincidence all these players would cost a team 5mm each and all these players would be a great fit for Oakland.
Our payroll is extremely low and I don't think it would hurt to add a couple 5mm players. John Lannen is 27 years old and isn't a FA until 2014 (we can have him for 2 years). He posted a 3.70 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 184 2/3 innings last year, starting 33 games. I believe he can only do better in Oakland. For 5mm I'll take him to solidify our rotation even more.
As for Damon and Guerrero, they are both old and still hit better than most guys 10 years younger than them. You can look up their numbers for yourself, but they both had very good 2011 seasons. The A's are in need of a DH and one of those guys are a good fit to fill that spot. I would love to take one of them on a 1yr contract, and for only 5mm, absolutely.
What do you think?