There has been speculation on every player under the sun. Should the A's dump this guy or that guy? Josh Willingham is always a topic for discussion. Coco Crisp's name has come up, along with Gio Gonzalez, Andrew Bailey and many more.
I'm in favor of the A's doing nothing significant by the deadline.
Although when I was assigned this story I thought, "Wow, this is actually an idea I am on board with."
If the A's have any players of value that they should try and use to better their future, looking to the bullpen makes the most sense.
I have mentioned, ad nauseum, the A's should give the guys they acquired in the off-season some more time, and wait for their stellar pitching staff to reunite next year and go from there.
This isn't GM Billy Beane's way, but the formula the A's had in place for 2011 was solid—it just seemed to fail because of so many injuries.
I can hear you all screaming at the computer screen; the A's can't score runs, they need a big bat and the trades they made failed miserably.
I agree that run support is a bit of a problem, but with their full arsenal of pitchers, the A's can make things work with the bats they have in place.
Take a look across the Bay at the San Francisco Giants—not a lot of run support going on over there.
With all this said, a team that is as far back as the A's are at this point in the season needs to do something to get some help for the future.
The following are three players that are expendable and have enough talent to lure away some prospects that could help the team in the long run.