Now that we’re at the All Star break, here’s what I’d like to see happen from July through September this year:
1. Ben Sheets traded. I know he won’t bring much, but there isn’t much reason for the A’s to hang onto him anymore. If the A’s have to pay the rest of his 2010 salary to bring back a prospect with just a little bit of upside, I hope they do it.
2. Mark Ellis not traded. Adam Rosales is not a second baseman. He’s not a shortstop or a third baseman either. He’s a utility man, best served on bench duty. Mark Ellis is our longest-tenured A not on the DL and I’d hate to see him leave for a marginal return.
3. Rajai Davis playing more and Ryan Sweeney playing less. Sweeney is about as consistent as they come. You know what you’re going to get with him. But what does he really bring to the table? Consistency and a lot of singles? That doesn’t win a lot of ballgames. Davis might not hit .290 like Sweeney but he is dynamic on the basepaths. He gets in the pitcher’s head, which can only help the guys batting when he’s on base. No pitchers worry about Sweeney and his bad knees.
4. Chris Carter and Michael Taylor staying down in AAA until September. Neither have been pounding the door of the major leagues. Really, neither have even touched the door. There is no reason to rush them up when they’re not dominating AAA.
5. Eric Chavez back at the end of the season and playing third base in the final game. It would be a nice sendoff for the only guy we have remaining from the early-aughts run.
6. The A’s taking the AL West. Oh, I know, it’s a big stretch. But I would like to see it.