No one outside of Oakland Athletics management can be sure what the team will do at this year's trade deadline, but history, being nine games back and having two powerhouse in-division rivals point to the A's being sellers once again.
If Oakland does sell, there are a few routes that could be taken.
The A's can attempt the "addition by subtraction" method which sends overrated pieces out to create space for lesser guys who ultimately shine. This causes a late season push and possibly a jump into the playoffs.
Or they can sell a few of their top trade chips while holding on to the best of the young, cheap talent.
Finally, Oakland could plunge into full on fire sale mode.
No one's off limits.
Just like the first two options, there's pros and cons to the latter. Here they are.