Cliff Pennington started the season on a tear, but has cooled down considerably, so much so that there may be a platoon between Pennington and super sup Adam Rosales.
Pennington is the better defender, while Rosales is the better hitter. Both have cannons for arms, but Pennington has the ability to make more plays on defense.
Unfortunately, neither are everyday shortstops at the Major League level. So, there are two options for the A's.
Johnny Peralta of Cleveland would be a good fit for the A's. He has gap power in terms of doubles (with a career high of 42 in 2008) and already has 16 doubles this year in 52 games. His average will be in the range of .250-.280 and he'll drive in anywhere from 70-80 runs a season, along with 15-20 HRs.
The second option would be Stephen Drew of Arizona. Recently, there's been rumors that the team has been looking to re-do their entire roster. Well, here's a chance for the A's to steal away an everyday shortstop to help them towards their march to the playoffs.
He's a little better hitter than Peralta, hitting anywhere from .270-.280, but he doesn't have the run production of Peralta or the gap power. He still would be an upgrade over the duo of Pennington and Rosales.