Here’s another team “not shopping” but “willing to listen”. (Wink, wink.)
First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources.
The A’s would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant about keeping Donaldson, who is under club control for four more years, sources say.
Rich Harden is available.
So now what does Billy Beane do?
One rival executive raised an interesting possibility in the aftermath of the Athletics’ stunning 9-8 loss to the Royals in the American League wild-card game:
Trade right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Another rival exec, knowing how Beane never likes to get caught in between, speculated that the Athletics’ GM might trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, too.
Wishful thinking? Perhaps. But Beane acquired Samardzija with the idea that the ...
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