Oakland Athletics: Trade for Playoff Push or Clean House to Rebuild?

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Oakland Athletics: Trade for Playoff Push or Clean House to Rebuild?
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It's definitely an unpopular scenario to suggest cleaning house, and not a scenario I am putting out there quite yet.

The Oakland A's are in that limbo-stage of the season though. At times they have looked like a team that can contend for the division title and make a push deep into the playoffs. Their pitching, aside from the Yankees series, has looked championship-caliber most of the season.

At times the team has just looked lost though; unable to hit, unable to field, unable to do the small things necessary to win consistently.

CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler quoted an anonymous scout regarding the A's today via his twitter account:

"They can't hit, can't field and can't play the game right."

I can't say that I either agree nor disagree completely with this scout's statement.

At times the A's seem just one bat away from being a legitimate force in the AL West. I previously wrote that the A's just need to score four runs a game, and they'd be dominant. The league average is currently 4.17 runs per game.

Josh Willingham and David DeJesus have both started hitting. Their contributions have the potential to be a huge boost to the A's as they try to fight back from three and a half games out of first place.

Unfortunately though, Daric Barton and Kevin Kouzmanoff are still not hitting.

The first step is to find enough offense to support their pitching and get the club back over .500. Once the A's have accomplished this all-too-familiar level of mediocrity, they can start to focus on overtaking teams in the division and moving back toward postseason contention.

With the season hanging right at the tipping point of contention and rebuilding though, let's take a look at each position and see where they currently stand.

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