Josh Willingham is one of many players they will probably trade soon.
Multiple teams have been in contact with Oakland. The Athletics’ trade bait includes both pitching and outfield. These are some of the players figured to be out of Oakland by Aug. 1st.
David DeJesus has not made as much of an impact for the Athletics as many had hoped. His batting average of .228 is lower than his career stat, and he has five homers with 25 RBI.
Oakland may deal several pitchers this coming week, and Brian Fuentes is one of the trading pieces that’s been mentioned. Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated says the Athletics are taking calls on Fuentes.
He hasn’t had a good year, with only one win and 12 saves.
The A’s will also consider trading Grant Balfour. The righty has a 4-1 record with a 2.15 ERA in 2011.
Josh Willingham has created the most buzz as Athletics’ trade bait. He’s one of top power bats available.
The Pirates have considered a trade for Willingham. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has mentioned Garrett Jones as a potential Pirate going to Oakland in an exchange for Willingham and Craig Breslow.
Craig Breslow is another pitcher drawing interest from multiple teams.
Jon Morosi mentioned Breslow when discussing scouts from the Rangers at the Athletics games. He could be a part of a trade with Josh Willingham to Pittsburgh for Garrett Jones.
Ken Rosenthal says the A’s have to be “overwhelmed” to trade Andrew Bailey, but if they choose to deal him, they’ll probably have several options.
Bailey is one of the Rangers’ trade targets. Texas already asked, but for now, Oakland isn’t shopping him.
The Blue Jays had a scout at the A’s games and might be looking at him.