The Oakland A's currently sit seven and a half games out of first place in the American League West. Last year the A's signed Jason Giambi to a one year contract, hoping he could spell some time at first base and provide power from the designated hitter position.
Giambi didn't work out very well at all for the A's and he was actually designated for assignment, only to be picked up by the Colorado Rockies last year. The question now is could this be the second year in a row that a former Athletic is brought in?
Miguel Tejada would provide a bat in the lineup that the A's desperately need, and the Baltimore Orioles are a team that's not going to be making a run at the American League East title, so the A's would be in a perfect position to land Tejada. Additionally, the A's have plenty of prospects that could be offered to the Orioles.
With Tejada, he'd also add some versatility because he can play third base and short stop, or at times even be the designated hitter in the lineup. He provides something the A's desperately need as well: a consistent right handed bat in the lineup.
So far Tejada has played in 84 games. He has an average of .276, with 14 doubles, seven homeruns, and 35 RBIs.
If he were on the A's he would be second in average, fourth in doubles, third in homeruns, and fourth in RBIs.
Another reason why the A's could look to make a deal for Tejada is because Kevin Kouzmanoff could be made available in a trade. He's an excellent defensive third basemen, but more importantly, he's had solid years in ballparks that are not hitters parks in San Diego and in Oakland.
Tejada would bring in a bat that the A's need, and although he's no longer the homerun threat he once was, he can still find the gaps and he doesn't strike out much, with only 34 so far this season.
If Kouzmanoff is traded, the A's lineup could look like this:
Sweeney moves down in the order because he doesn't offer that much protection as the third place hitter. With his ability to hit the ball to left field, he could be leading off innings and giving the opportunity for the A's hottest hitter, Pennington, to drive in runs.
Cust looks like he's finding his power stroke a little bit and he's been surprising, hitting for a higher average than what the A's have seen from him when he's not hitting homeruns.
With Tejada, the A's lineup looks a lot better than the ones they've recently had out.
Early in the season, Kouzmanoff showed he wasn't ready to be either in the third slot or the cleanup spot in the lineup.
As for Tejada, he's hit third pretty much his entire career and he's a much better hitter than Kouzmanoff.
The trade makes sense for the A's!