That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Athletics and Giants—Possible trades

Oakland Athletics’ Jaycob Brugman, making his major league debut, flies out to Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Colby Rasmus during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 9, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

by Amaury Pi Gonzalez

By the end of action this Sunday most teams in the majors would have played between 60 to 62 games. With the July 31, deadline on the horizon most teams, contenders and non-contenders will be buying and selling players. For both bay area teams this is also the case and they will be sellers for the most part. The Athletics will continue their Nashville to Oakland shuttle, bringing prospect like this Friday Jaycob Brugman an outfielder that was hitting .288 with one home run and eight runs batted in. He is part of the young contingent of Athletics players of recent like Ryon Healy who came in last year and Chad Pinder who a couple of weeks ago came to the big club. They do have some good prospects in the minors like Franklin Barreto and Matt Chapman, who probably will also be brought up in July.

In the ridiculously mediocre American League west, with only one team playing over .500, the incredible Houston Astros, closing in on 50 victories, it looks like A’s Angels,Mariners and Rangers are just going to “pick up the crumbs”left behind by the Astros. All these teams have to get ready to start thinking about 2018, because this division belongs to the Astros. barring a historic total collapse.

Here are some of the Athletics players that are good bait for a trade: 1B Yonder Alonso, he is enjoying his best season ever, adjusted his hitting since Spring Training when he told me he had a “different approach” and obviously it has worked for him. Reliever Ryan Madson, a solid and experienced man coming out of the bullpen could be helpful to a lot of contending teams.

Rajai Davis, could also be in the trading block, because of his experience and speed and 3B Trevor Plouffe who is not having a very good first half, but like Rajai is an experienced player that a change of scenery with a contending team could make a difference and even journeyman Adam Rosales could also be gone this season, as much he is liked, he has played very well taken injured Marcus Semien essential position at shortstop and his stock has gone up.

Of course the Athletics are never shy come deadline time, so guys like Sonny Gray could also be gone, there are teams that still interested in the A’s ace. I for one, would not be surprised at all if Santiago Casilla also gets traded. The A’s closing spot in the bullpen was not rooted in cement when the season started, they have a few options for closer, like for example when Sean Doolittle is back and healthy. These are after all, the trading Oakland Athletics.

For the San Francisco Giants. They are in a division that could be separated in two parts. The three teams contending, Rockies,Dodgers and Diamondbacks, they have been trading places from first to third. Then the second part, where they find themselves with the San Diego Padres. The biggest story here will be if the Colorado Rockies can win this division. Colorado and Arizona improved a lot, and of course the LA Dodgers are a good ballclub looking to with their fifth straight western division.

These are some of the players that the Giants could be trading: Pitcher Johnny Cueto, IF/OF Eduardo Nunez, Aaron Hill, catcher Nick Hundley and outfielder Hunter Pence. Obviously the Giants could go for a couple of power bats, outfielders, veteran Matt Kemp is out there. Giants offense is pathetic, last in home runs and next to last in combined batting average in baseball. This team had a great run winning three World Series in six years, their changes have to be much more strategic to see if they can be contenders in 2018. The Giants believed they had enough this year, but in a way forgot that other teams in their division got much better. Not an excuse, but they lost their ace Madison Bumgarner early and that made things much more difficult. However, it is fair to say that with this offense, even if Bumgarner was doing well they could still be ten games out of first place.

But the biggest news in Bay Area baseball this year, will be the day when A’s President David Kaval announces the location and date when the Oakland Athletics will build their new ballpark in Oakland. That, after all-is-said-and-done, will be the biggest news in local baseball.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Angels TV Spanish talent, the A’s radio Spanish talent, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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