It’s no secret the A’s holiday wish list includes a left-handed hitting second baseman. With Oakland needing to trim payroll just to offset arbitration raises — and perhaps a free agent signing — Jurickson Profar appears headed out the same door pointing Blake Treinen and Josh Phegley towards the land of the traded or non-tendered.
In house options Sheldon Neuse, Franklin Barreto, and Jorge Mateo offer little certainty and much right-handedness on a team that tilts heavily to that side. So it stands to reason the A’s are in the market for a new 2Bman and would be pleased to land one who shops at Ned Flanders’ store (and ideally not at GNC).
There are many options out there, both on the free agent market and potentially available in trade. It’s more a question of which warts you are willing to accept, what kind of price — in some cases money, in other cases prospect talent, in other cases skill sets — you are willing to pay.
Here’s a rundown (perfectly executed) of some of the possibilities Oakland might be considering, listed in alphabetical order for your organizing convenience:
Under contract for 3 more seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates,…