When you've got (arguably) the best team in baseball, the best manager in baseball and the best general manager in baseball, the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline would seem to be a rather irrelevant date on the calendar.
But if there's one thing that we've learned about the Oakland A's under the stewardship of GM Billy Beane, it's that the team rarely passes up an opportunity to improve, regardless of its place in the standings.
Yet it can be difficult to keep track of all the rumors surrounding the team, especially if you're hanging out at O.co Coliseum, where dodging puddles of raw sewage is sure to demand the bulk of your attention.
That's where Bleacher Report comes in.
Keep it here for the most up-to-the-minute rumblings about the A's, along with analysis and everything else that comes with it. While the post date will always show as July 1, simply click to the next slide to see the latest from the rumor mill as the A's look to clinch their third consecutive AL West crown.