After clawing their way back to .500 with a 13th inning win over the Seattle Mariners last night, it appears as though the A's may not go down so quietly as the season progresses through summer. However, still having to go up against Texas and Los Angeles, actually securing a playoff spot is still somewhat of a stretch.
It'll be interesting to see what exactly the A's do come the trade deadline. Already names like Bartolo Colon, Coco Crisp, and even Brandon McCarthy have been mentioned as trade possibilities, so if any one of these players were to be moved that means a prospect would likely take his spot on the roster.
So far the young players have performed surprisingly well when called upon. A.J. Griffin and Chris Carter have both been revelations this past week, leading the A's to multiple wins. If the A's are busy at the deadline, expect them to be joined by others who once were teammates while at Triple-A Sacramento.
Here are five players who should find themselves in Oakland soon.