Happy Wednesday, Athletics Nation!
The trade deadline is less than a week away, and while the A’s don’t figure to be part of any blockbuster deals, they have a handful of players that could wind up with contending teams as August approaches. Shintaro Fujinami has already been dealt to the Orioles, and there is talk of other relievers that may also be on the move.
Yesterday, The Athletic named Trevor May as the Athletic most likely to be dealt before the deadline. The righty got off to a rough start this season and was sidelined for health reasons, but May has fared much better in his last dozen appearances, through which he has posted a 1.59 ERA and seven saves. That could be good enough to distract from the 5.40 FIP and 7.94 BB/9 that accompany that stellar ERA.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned Sam Moll as a likely mover, and Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors cited reports from Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic that indicate there is indeed interest in the 31-year-old workhorse.
Moll has seen mixed results this season: he’s posted a 4.46 ERA and opposing hitters have tagged him for a .340 BABIP. But the lefty appears to have had some bad luck that drives these numbers. Moll’s FIP stands at a respectable 3.28, he is striking out 10.90 batters per nine, and he’s allowed just one home run in 36⅓ innings pitched.
So when you look under the hood, it isn’t crazy to expect that the smarter money will go for Moll. Fujinami got plucked by the birds despite an ERA of 8.57, so it will hardly be surprising if May winds up in another uniform as well. I don’t see Trevor as the A’s best trade chip, but in any case we will find out who is staying and who is going very soon.
- Polito: Athletics drop the first game of the Bay Bridge series to Giants 2-1 in San Francisco
- Willis: Athletics reinstate Ramon Laureano from injured list
- Dierberger: Giants, A’s fans unite in ‘Sell the Team’ chants at Oracle Park
- Ellison and Conejero Saab: Bay Bridge Series: A’s fans urge Giants fans to join relocation protest
- Adams: Athletics’ Sam Moll Drawing Trade Interest
MLB News & Interest:
- Bowden: MLB trade deadline cheat sheet: What to watch for all 30 teams and top targets by position ($)
- The Athletic: MLB All-30: The player from each team most likely to be traded at the deadline ($)
- Adams: Dodgers Acquire Enrique Hernandez
- Franco: Astros Seeking Bullpen Addition
- McDonald: Shohei Ohtani Drawing Widespread Trade Interest
- McDonald and Adams: Dallas Keuchel Has Second Opt-Out Date In Twins Deal
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
A'S RECENT MOVES: OF Ramon Laureano off IL, RHP Angel Felipe off paternity list, RHP Chad Smith/IF Jonah Bride to LV, C Manny Pina to LV on rehab, J.Wilson/M.Naylor/R.Lasko/J.Cox/N.Nankil/C.Conn/L.Mann/W.Simpson/C.Halter/N.Schwartz/C.Yamauchi to ACL A’s…https://t.co/joKXkyUAPy— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) July 26, 2023
Unite the Bay fan art.
#UniteTheBay— Guy Sliwinski (@GuySliwinski) July 25, 2023
Through the seasons many players have donned the green & gold as well as orange & black. The OG Super A, @sean_manaea currently represents both, so I drew a new AQUAMANAEA cover for today as we fight together. @mlb the A’s belong in Oakland! #selltheteam #sfgiants pic.twitter.com/OEYH5mXjAW
Sometimes good guys don’t wear green.
Loud and clear.
“You can hear the familiar ‘Sell the team’ chants here at the ballpark.” pic.twitter.com/YMGSaUpviT— Karl Buscheck (@KarlBuscheck) July 26, 2023
Another SELL even around the corner.
Ruiz, Jackson on the mend.
Along with Ruiz, Kotsay said Kevin Smith and Zach Jackson are set to begin rehab assignments soon.— Sonja Chen 陈星雅 (@SonjaMChen) July 26, 2023
Zack is damn fast, per dad.
“Gelof is only listed as a 55 on MLB Pipeline's 20-80 scout scale in is his running ability, a 55 isn't bad, but .. Gelof is one of the 20 fastest players in baseball w/ a sprint speed of 29.5 ft. / second Esteury Ruiz is 12th-fastest player in baseball .. speed of 29.8 ft.” https://t.co/QMofkKi9E4— Adam Gelof (@adam_gelof) July 25, 2023
2024 Spring Training schedule announced.
2024 Spring Training schedule just dropped! ☀️— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 25, 2023
See ya in Mesa ➡️ https://t.co/DGPS0KQ1Pv
Morales nearing his Stockton debut.
RHP Luis Morales (A's No. 8 prospect per MLB Pipeline) has arrived in Stockton from the Arizona Complex League. He is scheduled to make his Ports debut on Saturday against the Storm at Banner Island Ballpark— Alex Jensen (@ajensen86) July 25, 2023