A’s, Braves discussing Upton, Gattis … Samardzija?
The A’s appear to be just getting started on their offseason makeover.
The morning after trading All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie and three prospects, Oakland is again leading the rumor mill.
John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group tweeted Friday night the A’s and Braves are discussing Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, with the thought that right-hander Jeff Samardzija is “the bait.”
Upton and Samardzija each have one year remaining on their contracts and have been rumored to be dealt throughout the Hot Stove season. Samardzija would head the Braves’ rotation in 2015, while Upton and Gattis — who won’t be arbitration eligible until after 2015 — would help the ease the offensive loss of Donaldson.
Gattis, a former catcher who the Braves plan on starting in left, makes more sense in the American League, where he can be used at designated hitter, first base and the outfield.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal also reports another trade is brewing for the A’s, but says he expects a left-handed bat such as Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick or John Jaso to be on the move instead of Samardzija.
– Cash Kruth