September 22, 2021

Oakland Athletics: Landing Spots for Players on the Trade Block (Baseball Essential)

While they’re surely looking for ways to improve their roster after a second consecutive 97-win season, the Oakland Athletics have some financial matters to take care of. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the A’s are shopping reliever Blake Treinen, infielder Jurickson Profar, and catcher Josh Phegley, who are all free agents after the 2020 Major League Baseball season.

Here are potential landing spots for said players.

Blake Treinen: Los Angeles Dodgers

Some would argue the Dodgers’ 2019 postseason demise stemmed from not having a shutdown backend reliever. They didn’t make a move for one before the MLB trade deadline, and they can’t afford to not upgrade their bullpen this offseason; Treinen is the perfect risk for L.A.

Sure, he’s coming off a troublesome season, low-lighted by inconsistencies and a career-worse 4.91 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 37 walks. On the other hand, the right-hander’s a year removed from a remarkable season. In 2018 Treinen recorded a 0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and 100 strikeouts.

Treinen commands a high-90s fastball and catches hitters off-guard with a deceptive cutter. Had he hit the open market last winter, we’d be debating whether he…

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