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Middle Infield in Oakland

It has been a long stretch since the A's have had a legitimately good second baseman.

There was the "untradable" Jemile Weeks, the current "Face" Eric Sogard, and a mix of Parrino/Rosales/AAA filler over the last couple years. Not since Mark Ellis have the A's had a legit player penciled in at the position. Looking around the league they aren't the only ones, but since I'm not an obsessive fan of any other team I wanna talk about our beloved Athletics.

There are options out there, some sexier than others, but options none the less. The Diamondbacks have an overloaded middle infield that has made one of Owings or Gregorious available, however both are better options at SS which isn't a big problem since we've seen the slow ranging Jed Lowrie already. Gregorious isn't much in the batters box but provides excellent defense. Owings is a little above average on both offense and defense but hasn't been able to translate his AAA success to MLB. These are small upgrades if even upgrades at all, and given the D-Backs asking price they don't seem like the best options.

There's also Steven Drew but since we've already discussed him in a previous fan post I'm not gonna dig in too much there. For me, the cost of a draft pick is just too much for the opportunity to spend money on a marginal upgrade.

Then there's my number one option, Nick Franklin. While he also hasn't been successful at the Major League level, he comes with significant upside and a stronger pedigree than Owings or Gregorious. He has enough tools to play Shortstop poorly but should be just fine at Second Base going forward. Seattle has an abundance of players at MI thanks to their possibly franchise crippling signing of Cano so a trade of Franklin almost needs to happen.

I don't like the idea of rolling with Sogard/Callaspo/Punto, but what do you think?

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