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MLB rumors: A's call Mets on Noah Syndergaard before MLB trade deadline

MLB rumors: A's call Mets on Noah Syndergaard before MLB trade deadline

For the Oakland A's, starting pitching has been a mixed bag during the 2019 season. The team lost Frankie Montas to an 80-game suspension earlier in the season, and have dealt with long-term injuries for Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton.

A's general manager Billy Beane has already made a pair of moves to bolster the pitching staff, adding Homer Bailey in a trade with the Kansas City Royals and over the weekend acquiring Royals relief pitcher Jake Diekman for a pair of prospects. 

The San Francisco Chronicle's A's beat writer Susan Slusser reported Saturday that the A's had been making calls on most of the top trade targets at starting pitcher, including Mets starters Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, as well as Detroit Tigers pitcher Shane Greene.

The Mets have been the most active team as of late, making a deal with the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman Sunday before sending left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas to the Philadelphia Phillies Monday morning.

Oakland has some reinforcements coming from the minor league ranks, as Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton are both expected to return to Oakland by the end of August.

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The A's are an even 5-5 over its last 10, and the team currently sits in the second AL wild-card spot, holding just a half-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays. Beane may need to make another move or two if he wants to keep the bevy of teams fighting to knock the A's off their perch from doing so.

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A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

A's top pick Logan Davidson among spring training non-roster invitees

The A's aren't playing it safe with 2019 first-round draft pick Logan Davidson.

The No. 29 overall pick is among 10 non-roster players the A's invited to spring training Friday.

Davidson, a shortstop, isn't on the A's 40-man roster, but the invite will give him a chance to compete in big league camp. Barring an incredible showing in the Cactus League, the A's No. 7 prospect won't break camp with the A's. But this opportunity allows him to try to impress A's coaches.

In 54 games with the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters, Davidson slashed .239/.345/.332 with seven doubles, four homers and 12 RBI.

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The other invitee to keep an eye on in camp is A's No. 6 prospect Nick Allen. While small in stature, the middle infielder is an incredible defensive player and could find himself playing for the A's at some point in 2020. While Marcus Semien is blocking Allen's path at shortstop, the 21-year-old could get a look at second base if none of the other in-house options pan out for Oakland.

Three other top-30 prospects were invited to spring training: Outfielder Greg Deichmann (No. 17), right-handed pitcher Brian Howard (No. 22) and right-handed pitcher Parker Dunshee (No. 24).

MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

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MLB rumors: A's 'showing interest' in free-agent reliever Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo might be headed back to the Bay Area -- just to the opposite side.

The former Giants relief pitcher is a free agent, and according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the A's reportedly are interested in acquiring his services.

Romo, 36, is a 12-year veteran who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Giants, playing a major role in helping San Francisco win three World Series titles in a span of five years. Over 60 1/3 combined innings with the Marlins and Twins last season, he posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 20 saves.

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Liam Hendricks has Oakland's closer spot locked down, but with Blake Treinen being non-tendered, there could be one or more openings in the A's bullpen. Given that Romo has filled just about every possible role within a major league bullpen over the course of his career, he could be an ideal fit if the price is right.