MLB Insider Names Athletics' Single Biggest Trade Priority Ahead of Deadline

Larry Rupp
An MLB insider has named the Oakland Athletics' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline.
An MLB insider has named the Oakland Athletics' single biggest trade priority ahead of the deadline. / John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

There hasn't been a lot of positive takeaways for the Oakland Athletics during the first half of the 2022 MLB season. They own the worst record in the American League (28-56) and look to be in the early stages of a massive rebuild. All signs points to Oakland being a seller at the MLB trade deadline.

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One thing that could help the Athletics be in better shape for 2023 would be acquiring prospects by dealing their top trade chips. That could mean gauging interest on outfielder Ramon Laureano or starting pitcher Frankie Montas, who ESPN's David Schoenfield sees at the team's biggest priority.

Montas was widely seen as one of the best pitchers on the market before shoulder inflammation left him with no timetable to return. The issue could cause his value to drop, but contenders in need of rotation depth are still going to call. After all, Montas finished sixth in 2021 AL Cy Young voting.

The 29-year-old lines up as a perfect No. 3 starter in the postseason. His fastball reaches the upper 90s and his splitter confuses batters on a regular basis. On the year, Montas is 3-9 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He has also logged 100 strikeouts compared to 24 walks in 96.2 innings pitched.

Montas is under team control for one more year beyond 2022, meaning Oakland could cash in on a blockbuster deal. The front office should be focused on getting back as much value as possible. The Athletics have odds set at +500000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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