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Athletics rumors: Billy Beane "working on multiple trades", talking with Braves and White Sox

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Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night, the hot stove got crackling when Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted that she was "hearing rumblings that the Athletics are close to a fairly significant deal that involves Jeff Samardzija."

After that point, things became simultaneously hazy and exciting, as it appeared Jeff Samardzija might not be traded tonight, but trade discussions were ongoing. However, a new trade was afoot:

What we know for sure is, well, nothing really. This could be an extraordinary night for the Oakland Athletics.

Update (9:45 PM):

Josh Donaldson is off to the Blue Jays with Brett Lawrie and three others in return, but we might not be done this weekend. John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune is saying the A's are talking to the Braves, and Jim Benson of the Pantagraph in Bloomington, IL that the A's and White Sox are talking too: