Last night Jarrod Parker was once again brilliant for the A's, going seven strong innings against the Seattle Mariners, allowing only one earned run while racking up nine strikeouts. Barring any arm problems (knock on wood) he figures to be a constant at the top of the A's rotation for some time, but in A's terminology that unfortunately turns out to be only a few years.
One thing's for certain however, by now Billy Beane has been through this situation more than enough times to know exactly what the best course of action is to ensure that Parker remains in the green and gold for more than just the customary few seasons.
Obviously the best case scenario would be the conception of a new ballpark, but lets be honest, most A's fans, myself included, have given up on that hope a long time ago. So assuming a new ballpark isn't going to magically appear, the A's have only a few options to try to keep Parker around for the long haul.
Here are five ways to make sure Jarrod Parker doesn't become yet another bargaining chip come the trade deadline/offseason.