It's the common assumption right now that the A's will stand pat during this week's trade deadline; after all, their "big" chip is now on the DL. The A's are in the murky ground of a .500 team; too good for a fire sale, yet more than one piece away from a contender. As many have noted, the next two weeks will officially make or break the A's season; after last night's well-played, but heartbreaking loss, the A's are now 8 1/2 games behind the Rangers. I think that's too great of a deficit to overcome, but it's not impossible. However, if the Rangers play .500 ball the rest of the way out, the A's have to play .635 baseball (or have to go 40-23 the rest of the way) just for a tie.
The Angels are in the same boat as the A's; both teams have a considerable deficit to make up, but if there is any silver lining, the Rangers play their last 17 games without a day off, and their last two months include two visits from the Yankees. Per usual, the Angels, Rangers and A's play each other head-to-head enough times during the rest of the season where one-sided game results could make a dent in the overall standings.
But do the A's realistically have a hole that they can fill with a trade at the deadline? Who would be involved in the trade? Who do you think would help the A's? Who are you willing to give up?
Rangers lead the series 1-0
WP: Neftali Feliz (2 - 2)
LP: Michael Wuertz (2 - 2)
|1 - 3 loss|
|Thu 07/29||5:05 PM PDT|