Before the second of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin sat down to speak with reporters about his message to players, what it will take to secure a playoff spot and a few other notable roster issues.
One month away from the postseason, the A's find themselves as the front-runners for a wild-card spot come October. As of September 1, MLB teams are allowed to expand from a 25- to a 40-man roster.
Typically, September call-ups act as time to scout for next year.
But this year is different.
Charging hard into the final weeks of baseball, the A's now must be a bit more calculating in their roster moves.
It's essentially too late to make a major shakeup.
Here's what Melvin had to say about his squad.