Although conventional wisdom says the A’s need to acquire another hitter, Heyman’s article quotes a person connected with the team who says there just aren’t any premium bats out there. Rather than get a second or third tier position player, Billy Beane would rather get a top-notch pitcher. It makes total sense, and you can never have enough pitching.
Peavy has pitched to a 4.19 ERA and 1.1.64 WHIP in 73 innings. Although he’s not as dominating as he was last year his 3.65 xFIP suggests he’s been better than his ERA indicates. Peavy is also an interesting case because he has a year to go on his two-year, $29 million contract with a $15 million team option for 2015. However, this also gives Chicago some leverage in trade talks since they can simply hold onto him if they don’t get an offer they like.
Beane has pulled off some big surprises in the past, but it could be a bit tougher this year to get something done. The second wild card surely gives some teams a false sense of hope, and we’re seeing a new trend in baseball where GMs are locking up young talent to long, affordable contracts through arbitration years and teams are reluctant to acquire rental players who won’t bring a draft pick if they sign elsewhere in the off-season.
Still, with the trade of Matt Garza yesterday and the Yankees working to get Alfonso Soriano, there are deals to be made and we should see some interesting moves during the next week. We may not see any blockbuster trades like CC Sabathia in 2008 or the Mark Teixeira deal in 2007, but you better believe we’re going to see some transactions that should have a big impact on the playoff race.
In other news…
- Minor league third baseman Vinnie Catricala was designated for assignment to make room for Adam Rosales on the 40-man roster. Catricala, 24, was acquired from the Mariners last month for cash considerations. He has hit just .219/.292/.297 in 33 games for Double-A Midland.
- Brett Anderson threw a 40-pitch bullpen session today, according to Susan Slusser. The plan is for him to throw another bullpen session, followed by a rehab assignment, possibly next week. If everything goes well we should see Brett back in the rotation in mid-August.