Oakland Athletics: 5 A's Who Will Have to Sweat out the 2012 Trade Deadline

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Oakland Athletics: 5 A's Who Will Have to Sweat out the 2012 Trade Deadline
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The Oakland Athletics currently find themselves in an extremely interesting position.  Currently only half a game back in the wild card race, the big question for the A's is whether or not they should be buyers or sellers come the trade deadline.

Clearly they headed into 2012 in full blown transition mode, rebuilding for the future, but now in the midst of a playoff race, can they really sell off all their assets and give up on the season?  So again, the question is, do they buy or sell come July 31st?

The answer is both.  The A's should trade anyone expendable, while adding pieces where they are weak.  They do have the depth at certain positions to do so, and it would be wise to take advantage of that fact.  These players would have probably been traded anyway, so instead of going after only prospects it makes sense to maybe add a few guys who could potentially help this year instead. 

Here are five guys the A's might move to address other needs at the trade deadline.

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