While the A’s are having a tough time chasing the Astros in the AL West, they have plenty to play for when taking a look at the wild-card race. And sure, they just made a trade to help the rotation, but it’s not as if Homer Bailey is going to stop Billy Beane from pursuing a pitcher like Syndergaard.
Pulling off a deal like this would likely mean AJ Puk and/or Jesús Luzardo’s names would be included, which would be a high price to pay. However, the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser recently added some intrigue to something going down:
It doesn’t hurt that Sandy Alderson — who acquired Syndergaard via trade during his time as Mets GM — is now a special advisor to Beane in Oakland. He provides the kind of insight into the player himself that not many others can do.
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