The Oakland A's are off to such a fine start in this 2014 season that it seems all but clear that they should be buyers at the trade deadline. Of course they don't have to, but you can guarantee other contenders will be. If Billy Beane wants to advance to the World Series, he'll have to pull off moves to keep pace.
It's hard to find a solid position that makes sense outside of the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
Catcher is out. Derek Norris and John Jaso are both hitting well, and Stephen Vogt lies in wait in case one falls that bad. The outfield is stacked with Yoenis Cespedes, Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Craig Gentry. It helps that Brandon Moss can play right field as well.
Josh Donaldson is an All-Star workhorse at third base. Shortstop isn't likely to upgrade either.
The bullpen has hit some snags, but is there really room to add another dynamic arm?
First base seems like the spot, except that the A's have Moss, Daric Barton and Nate Freiman in Triple-A. Alberto Callaspo can play first if necessary, too. The same can be said for second base. The A's currently have Eric Sogard and Nick Punto in addition to Callaspo.
It's a crowded roster.
To make a move, someone will suffer. Let's take a look at potential trades and their aftereffects. Some may be completely ludicrous, but would you really put anything past Beane when it comes to the trade deadline?
Before the list, though, let me make it clear. These are not nine potential moves Beane must make. He should simply kick the tires, propose one or two and see what happens. The A's do not need to make a move. But it wouldn't hurt.
Lastly, these are ordered from least likely to most likely.