MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Players Who Could Be off the A's Roster by the Deadline
It is no secret that the Athletics are having major issues this season.
Whether it's coaching problems or offensive struggles, Oakland is eight games back in the AL West and has lost 12 of their last 13 games. At this point, the A's have some roster decisions to make.
Some fans have discussed dropping some players while some mention starting the team over from scratch.
These are five players who might not be playing at the Overstock.com Coliseum after July.
Mark Ellis, 2B
After coming off the DL with a strained right hamstring, Mark Ellis has to compete for the starting second base position.
However, Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore are already in the mix, so the A’s could end up looking for a team willing to trade for Ellis.
David DeJesus, RF
While David DeJesus has not lived up to his $6 million contract this season, he is still doing well and his bat improved during the month of May.
The A’s may try to trade him to a team still in playoff contention. DeJesus is a solid outfielder and can play any position out there, so he could help a team trying to make it to the postseason.
The A’s will probably capitalize on that.
Craig Breslow, LHP
Hideki Matsui, DH
Hideki Matsui has had some terrible at-bats this season so far. He can’t play on the field, and when his offense is that bad, he’s just taking a spot on the roster from someone who could possibly be out in the field every day.
There probably aren’t many teams who are willing to pick up Matsui with his $6 million contract, so the A’s might just have to eat their money and cut him loose.
Josh Willingham, LF
Josh Willingham will be a free agent soon. While he has been one of the A’s main offensive forces, he is in the middle of the worst season of his career.