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Athletics Looking for Triple-A Talent in Exchange for Kazmir


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Paging Orioles front office:

http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/report-a-s-looking-for-triple-a-prospects-in-potential-kazmir-deal-072115

In a notes column compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, she mentions that A's general manager Billy Beane is looking for 'primarily top Triple-A prospects' that could contribute as early as 2016 in exchange for Kazmir. She also notes, however, that the A's are not 'guaranteed' to move him, as allowing Kazmir to leave as a free agent after 2015 and making him a qualifying offer would net Oakland draft pick compensation in the future.

Also, additional quote of interest (since it seems like a crazy idea to many):

Beane's track record indicates he could continue to 'mix it up' with his club and buy while selling at the same time.
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If we were to acquire a starter, who gets removed from the rotation?

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At the moment, my inclination would be to option Miguel in order to make this happen. I think he understands that, as much as he has accomplished, he is very lucky to have been given an opportunity by the Orioles, and if he needs to take one for the team then so be it.

It would be painful, but it would allow us to keep Bud in the bullpen and Gausman in the majors. If Bud slips in the parking lot or Gausman falters, then you have Miguel back as the next man up.

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If we were to acquire a starter, who gets removed from the rotation?

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I think we can safely assume that Tillman, Chen, Gonzalez and Jimenez are in the rotation if healthy. So you have to think that Bud Norris/Gausman would be out of the rotation. Norris' 6.82 ERA makes him the logical man out.

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I think we can safely assume that Tillman, Chen, Gonzalez and Jimenez are in the rotation if healthy. So you have to think that Bud Norris/Gausman would be out of the rotation. Norris' 6.82 ERA makes him the logical man out.

Bud is already in the bullpen. Getting rid of Bud entirely would require DFA'ing a guy who is making $9M. Not going to happen. Option Gonzo or KG, whomever is struggling the most.

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At the moment, my inclination would be to option Miguel in order to make this happen. I think he understands that, as much as he has accomplished, he is very lucky to have been given an opportunity by the Orioles, and if he needs to take one for the team then so be it.

It would be painful, but it would allow us to keep Bud in the bullpen and Gausman in the majors. If Bud slips in the parking lot or Gausman falters, then you have Miguel back as the next man up.

I would bet that guys like Miguel Gonzalez look at getting discovered as a mutual benefit to an employer when his performance is factored in. The Orioles were every bit as lucky to have nabbed Gonzalez and he will make some money as a FA.

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Bud is already in the bullpen. Getting rid of Bud entirely would require DFA'ing a guy who is making $9M. Not going to happen. Option Gonzo or KG, whomever is struggling the most.

My two cents, but Norris nets us nothing after this season and he costs us no matter what. I am not saying cut Norris, he is just out o the rotation. I say cut one of the other relievers who mop up. Hunter?

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The more I read about the A's the more it becomes apparent how expensive Zobrist is going to be. Because other teams value him as a Middle IF. Kazmir and Reddick are the guys to get. They A's have tended to lean more towards quantity over quality in recent trades. But they're also all dreaming off getting Baez from the Cubs.

Ryan Flaherty

David Lough

Mike Wright

Jason Garcia

Parker Bridwell

for Kazmir and Reddick

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