The Giants have apparently found their huge upgrade in right field–physically, at least. At 6-4, 210, Hunter Pence towers over Nate Schierhotlz and Gregor Blanco. The Athletics, on the other hand, appear unlikely to make any such moves, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Yesterday, Olney announced that the A’s and Diamondbacks were in trade talks involving Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew. This year notwithstanding, Drew would provide much needed production from a middle infield spot without sacrificing too much defensively. But all speculation for naught, as Olney tweeted today.
Though rumors spread like wildfire through Twitter, Olney’s claim seems to be substantiated by other reports. Peter Gammons reported that the A’s withdrew from Yunel Escobar talks and balked at the asking price of Chase Headley. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported that the A’s spurned discussions with the Phillies for Alameda native Jimmy Rollins. Philadelphia wasn’t asking for much in return, but the A’s would have had to absorb a majority of Rollins’ contract, something the A’s were unwilling to do.
If Gammons and Knobler’s reports are accurate, then Billy Beane and the A’s were seeking a deal that requires them to neither part ways with a coveted prospect nor incur extra salary. With the deadline now past, it appears the A’s are/were content to make a playoff run with their current roster–for better or worse.