The Oakland Athletics have been one of the best teams in the American League this season. A 29-22 record has them sitting in first place in the AL West, however, they're only a single game ahead of the second-place Houston Astros. Considering how the Athletics will likely remain in playoff contention, it won't be a surprise if they're buyers when the MLB's trade deadline rolls around in July.
A few prominent or even depth players could help take Oakland one step closer to being World Series contenders. Keeping that in mind, here's a look at three players that the Athletics should trade for by the deadline.
Oakland Athletics Rumors
1. Trevor Story, SS, Colorado Rockies
There's a good possibility that Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story could be involved in a deadline move, especially as his team heads to the MLB basement. Considering how Elvis Andrus has been abysmal at the plate for the Athletics this season, it makes sense for them to target Story. His .256/.320/.428 slash line would be a significant improvement over Andrus' .190/.232/.242 line at the plate. Story also has 5 home runs and 23 RBIs on the campaign, which could help ignite a spark in Oakland's offense.
2. Caleb Smith, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Sometimes a strong bullpen can be the difference between a World Series winner and loser. That's why it's in the Athletics' best interest to improve their own and they could do that by acquiring Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Caleb Smith. The Diamondbacks won't be competing for a playoff spot in 2021 and Smith is approaching arbitration. The 29-year-old former starter has been a decent middle reliever this season, clocking a 2-1 record along with a 3.52 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 30.2 innings pitched.
3. Jose Berrios, SP, Minnesota Twins
As the Minnesota Twins continue to disappoint, their likelihood of becoming sellers increases. Teams have already been calling about starting pitcher Jose Berrios and Oakland would be smart to join in on the action. He'd be a great deadline addition who would shore up the Athletics rotation in either the 4th or 5th spot. Berrios has been one of the few bright spots for the Twins this season, tallying a 5-2 record and 3.67 ERA through 56.1 innings pitched. He's also eligible for arbitration in the offseason, which could give the Athletics incentive to make a deal for him.
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