As of this writing, the A's have not made any major (or even minor) moves to boost what has been a very surprising 2012 team that currently contends for an American League wild-card spot. For a team that many had losing a minimum of 90 games and upwards of 100, being 53-45 as July winds down is a minor miracle.
Consider this is being done without ever getting a game from Manny Ramirez, the injury woes of Brandon McCarthy and Yoenis Cespedes, and zero innings pitched thus far from Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden.
With the news that Oakland was very much in buy mode in trying to acquire recently traded Hanley Ramirez, it is apparent that A's GM Billy Beane has some latitude to acquire pieces to improve the team. That said, here are some of the more pragmatic moves the A's could make to help them in their final push toward what would be a remarkable playoff appearance.