Pairing Matt Chapman with Colorado Rockies star shortstop Trevor Story would be a dream scenario. But it might not be the Athletics' top priority ahead of the July 30 MLB trade deadline.
ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Wednesday, citing sources, that the A's are unlikely to play in the Story market. An impact outfield bat might be higher on their list.
The question is, who could they be looking at?
Perhaps the A's look to make another in-division move with the Texas Rangers and grab Joey Gallo. He's a power bat who also won a Gold Glove last year, plus his strikeout percentage is at a career-low 31 percent and his walk rate is at a career-high 19.8 percent.
The A's could turn their attention to Miami and try to add Starling Marte or Adam Duvall. Andrew McCutchen might be another option, and if Oakland wants a bat under team control for multiple years, perhaps they look at Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder and former Giants top draft pick Bryan Reynolds.
Then there's Nelson Cruz. No, he's not an outfielder anymore, but his ageless bat at DH would inject a whole lot of life into the A's lineup.
Story still should be the dream, though. He's a legitimate star, a two-time All-Star and just what this team needs to compete for a title. He might be a long shot, but A's fans shouldn't lose hope just yet.
If the A's do turn their attention to the outfield, there should be plenty of options to choose from.