Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A's eyeing arms, infielders
By Jason A. Churchill
According to multiple reports over the past week, right-hander Jake Peavy was as likely tp be on his way to Oakland to join the Athletics as any other potential destination. For a short time over the weekend, there was some belief that the A's were the favorites to land the former Cy Young winner. Apparently that has changed, reports Ken Rosenthal, but the A's continue their search to improve their roster.
Rosenthal's report that the A's have backed off Peavy, presumably due to the price tag attached, also includes mention that the club will seek help for their bullpen and middle infield. While Jed Lowrie has been very good, the other middle infielders, such as Eric Sogard, have been inconsistent and Hiroyuki Nakajima hasn't exactly been stellar in Triple-A Sacramento, despite batting .343 in his past 10 games.
The market for second base and shortstop help is extremely thin, since the Phillies do not appear willing to deal Chase Utley and the Red Sox seem to need Stephen Drew with Jose Iglesias a necessity at third base.
Minnesota's Jamey Carroll, Seattle's Brendan Ryan are among the reserve options believed to be available.