The Oakland Athletics surprised everyone when they posted the second-best record in the American League and made the playoffs in 2012.
Oakland has a very young team and could be playoff contenders for years to come.
However, if they want to be legitimate contenders for the World Series, there are some players the A’s could trade to improve their roster.
The A’s have a very talented outfield. Cuban outfielder Yoenis Céspedes signed a 4-year deal at the beginning of 2012. Coco Crisp is entering his 12th season at the age of 33. They also have Gold Glove-winning right fielder Josh Reddick.
The A’s already traded for outfielder Chris Young when they were not able to come to terms with Jonny Gomes.
Billy Beane and the A’s front office have been known to trade for a young, developing star and can do it again this offseason. They have the outfield depth to swap one of their outfielders for a shortstop as they let Stephen Drew and Cliff Pennington test free agency.
The A’s can launch themselves as the favorites in the AL West with a couple of smart moves.