Update: A’s acquire Ike Davis, now getting calls on lefty hitters

Update: November 24, 2014

Since acquiring left-handed hitter and first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Athletics have already been begun getting inquiries about some of their left handed batters. 

According to A’s beat writer Susan Slusser the Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in catcher John Jaso. Jaso missed the end of each of the last two seasons suffering the after-effects of concussions.

Now healthy, the Blue Jays are looking at Jaso to be the back-up to newly signed catcher Russell Martin. The Blue Jays already have already have Dioner Navarro and Josh Thole who can both be used as back-ups for Martin. Although Navarro is looking to be traded and teams have already expressed interest.

What would the A’s get in return if they were to trade Jaso to the Blue Jays? The A’s have expressed interest in left-handed starter Sean Nolin.

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Nolin, who will be 25 next month, has been in the Blue Jays farm system for the better parts of past five seasons, making two big league appearances in 2013-14.

Overall in his minor league career he’s gone 27-17 with 3.06 ERA in 86 starts and four relief appearances.

The A’s also have lefty hitters in Gold Glove right fielder Josh Reddick and first baseman Brandon Moss, who has had three consecutive seasons with 20 or more home runs.

Reddick is the liklier trade candidate given that the A’s seem to always have a need for offense. Moss hit 25 home runs in 2014 but should have surpassed 30. He was hindered by a hip injury that has now been fixed via offseason surgery.

Either could be used in a significant trade to fill the A’s biggest need which will be at shortstop once Jed Lowrie likely departs via free agency. There are not very many shortstops on the free agent market and a trade would likely be the A’s best option.

Original Text: November 23, 2014

Ok, so the Oakland A’s acquired first baseman Ike Davis from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Fortunately, they got him for very little. Davis had recently been designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The A’s traded international bonus slot 27 for Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pirates. 

That’s actually not a bad deal considering Davis had a stellar year in just 2012 where he hit 32 home runs and drove in 90 runs. 

Since then, however, he has hit just 20 home runs and 84 RBI in two seasons with the New York Mets and then Pittsburgh. He has potential but hasn’t shown it in awhile.

And really, how many first baseman does Oakland need? They have Brandon Moss, Billy Butler, Stephen Vogt, Nate Freiman, Kyle Blanks and Davis who all can play at first. Um …. 

However, as the San Francisco Chronicles’ Susan Slusser points out, we shouldn’t read too much into the trade. It gives the A’s flexibility going into the winter meetings which are scheduled to take place December 8-11 in San Diego. 

Josh  Reddick. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.
Josh Reddick. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images.

Adding Davis for cheap allows the A’s the opportunity to explore more deals. They could barter with any of their first baseman or as Slusser suggests even right fielder Josh Reddick, as Moss could move into the outfield or even Vogt who played some games in right field  last season.

Although I don’t see the A’s trading Vogt. He’s flexible at where he can play (catcher, first, outfield) and he’s known for some pretty clutch hitting (“I Believe In Stephen Vogt” is a popular chant at O.Co Coliseum).

Regardless of what deals go down in two weeks, adding Davis gives the A’s depth as well as another possible trade chip. 

At first it was shocking to hear that the A’s had acquired Davis, however, when thought through it’s actually a great move by GM Billy Beane. It appears he is planning to be quite active at the winter meetings. 

  • He has the one stat that Beane loves….OBP (lifetime .336)…and his strikeout’s have been on decline. He is one good hitting coach away from becoming an All-Star (why not? it happened for Jose Bautista). Hopefully, this is some sort of stockpiling in an effort to get outfielders and middle infield. With the Dodgers on the prowl for SS, after losing HanRam, the A’s have to be ready to barter….I think there is only one big move left in the chamber for Beane to pull the trigger on, though. After that, it’s just gonna be small moves and slight upgrades.

    • Jen Rainwater

      Great analysis! I very much agree! *fingers crossed* But others may not agree (I still think the Cespedes trade was not a bad thing & didnt cause our implosion) but IN BILLY I ABSOLUTELY TRUST! He gave me a piece of advice at Spring training 2013 without which I wouldnt have my job writing about baseball or this blog even! Billy knows what he’s doing. The A’s may not have made it past the Division Series in a while (2006) but theyre always competitive which is more than you can say for the 3 in 5 year so-called “dynasty” the gnats supposedly have! LOL!

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