A’s let deadline pass without acquiring a shortstop
While their American League West counterparts made notable roster improvements before Tuesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, the A’s stood pat with a contingent that has utilized a 34-16 record since June 2 to make a run at the playoffs.
Oakland’s lone acquisition during trade season proved to be catcher George Kottaras, who made his A’s debut Tuesday against the Rays.
But the A’s attempts at landing a shortstop were unsuccessful, a nod to their unwillingness to part with their top prospects — notably strikeout machine Dan Straily, whom the club did not want to move. Straily could have potentially helped land them someone like infielder Chase Headley. But he, too, stayed put, with Padres general manger Josh Byrnes explaining to local reporters, “We weren’t getting the value back that was out there to make a trade.”
The Angels, meanwhile, added Zack Greinke to their rotation, while the Rangers swung a last-minute deal to snatch up starter Ryan Dempster from the Cubs. Neither move influenced the A’s to hammer out something of their own, but you have to think they’re considering the looming returns of pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson as an upgrade.
The A’s could still add a shortstop in August by way of a waiver deal, but it’s not likely many will be available, and the ones that do clear waivers — think Jimmy Rollins — will only do so because of their large contracts, which Oakland probably couldn’t handle anyway.
A’s assistant general manager David Forst is expected to meet with media later to explain Oakland’s thinking through the deadline.