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Possible SECOND BASE Trade Target: Brock Holt


Last year I threw out a rare post of possible trade targets who were not, prior to that point, discussed as 2B trade targets who could potentially provide above-average production for the A's at 2nd without requiring a large package in return. (the post can be found here). As it stands today, two of those three players (Dozier and Valbuena) would still seem to be desirable additions to the A's. However, given the fact that both Valbuena and, especially, Dozier have now been providing above-average production for over a year now, any potential trade package would likely require the A's to completely strip its system of potential impact prospect bats.

Moreover, we all know that adding anyone of Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist or (in our wildest dreams) Chase Utley, would be the optimal solution to shoring up a weak spot in our WIN NOW approach, but it doesn't mean that Beane won't scour the trade market to see if he can't pluck someone who represents very good value in spite of being a non-obvious fit.

With that in mind, I want to throw out Brock Holt as a possible trade for the A's. I think most of athletics nation is familiar with him so I'm not going dive into a discussion on his overall production this season. (But for ease of reference, here is his fangraphs profile).

However, I do want to point out that while he has been filling in quite nicely for the Red Sox at third base, he is apparently a natural second baseman (as evidenced by this article). Moreover, he's a switch-hitter and he's a versatile player who can fill multiple positions. In other words, as long as his 2014 offensive production can hold up, he would seem to represent a perfect fit for this A's team.

So I'm very interested to hear anyone's thoughts on AN whether Brock Holt would represent an underrated trade target, what an equitable trade might look like for him, or, alternatively, any other like-trade targets that might not be on the top of everyone's mind.

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