Ten starting pitchers the A's could target before the trade deadline
Bolstering the rotation
It's no secret that the A's could use some help in their starting rotation. The last Oakland starter to get through seven innings in a game was Sean Manaea, way back on July 4. As Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaches, we take a look at 10 starting pitchers the A's could try to acquire from teams out of playoff contention.
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
Chris Archer might be the most sought-after pitcher on the market. The two-time All-Star is just 3-5 with a 4.31 ERA this season, but has a 3.69 ERA for his career, along with 1,146 strikeouts in 1,063 innings. The 29-year-old is owed a little more than $2 million for the rest of this season, and will make $7.7 million next year. Archer is not scheduled to become a free agent until 2022, so the Rays will be seeking a major return.
Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
The A's already made one trade with the Mets this month, so why not another? Jacob deGrom has been spectacular this season, leading all qualified pitchers with a 1.82 ERA. The 30-year-old has a career ERA of 2.78. A two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom is due to make about $2.5 million dollars for the remainder of the season, and is under arbitration control until 2021. The Mets may elect to hold onto their ace, and even if they trade him, they will demand an extremely high return.
Zack Wheeler, New York Mets
Zack Wheeler may be a more realistic target than deGrom. The 28-year-old is 5-6 with a 4.11 ERA this season, and has a 4.00 ERA for his career. From a salary standpoint, Wheeler is a bargain, due just over $600,000 for the rest of the season. He is under arbitration control for next year. Wheeler would help shore up the back half of the A's rotation, and he may not cost a bundle in return.
Mike Fiers, Detroit Tigers
Mike Fiers has had a strong season in Detroit, going 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA. He's been even better this month, posting an ERA of 2.23 in five outings, and he has pitched at least six innings in each of his last six starts. The 33-year-old is owed $2 million for the rest of this season, and is under arbitration control next year. During his time with the Astros, Fiers tossed a no-hitter and won a World Series. He would provide a solid boost to the A's rotation, and they could probably acquire him without giving up any top prospects.
Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins
It's been an impressive bounce-back season for Kyle Gibson. After posting an ERA of 5.07 the last two seasons, the 30-year-old has a 3.42 ERA this year. Gibson has pitched seven innings or more in three of his last four starts, going 3-1. He will make $1.4 million the rest of the season, and is under arbitration control in 2019.
Jake Odorizzi, Minnesota Twins
Jake Odorizzi hasn't put up the best numbers this season, going 4-7 with a 4.58 ERA, but for his career, he has an ERA of 3.93. The 28-year-old is averaging better than a strikeout per inning. Odorizzi is owed $2.1 million for the remainder of the season, and is under arbitration control next year. His best season came in 2015 with the Rays, when he posted a 3.35 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
Dan Straily, Miami Marlins
Dan Straily began his career in Oakland, and a return would make sense. The 29-year-old is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA this season in Miami. He has a career ERA of 4.23. Straily has pitched well recently, allowing three runs or fewer in his last six starts. He is owed just over $1 million for the rest of the season, and is under arbitration control for 2019 and 2020.
Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
Tyson Ross is another former Athletic who could be on the move before the deadline. The 31-year-old has a career ERA of 3.98. This season with the Padres, Ross is 6-8 with a 4.41 ERA. The former All-Star is owed about $600,000 for the remainder of the season, before becoming a free agent. Ross already has strong Bay Area roots, having been born in Berkeley and playing his college baseball at Cal.
Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
Kevin Gausman has gone 5-8 this season, which actually isn't too bad, considering the Orioles are a putrid 32-74. Gausman has a 4.43 ERA this season and a 4.22 ERA for his career. He was the number four overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft. The 27-year-old is under arbitration control the next two seasons, and will make a little less than $2 million for the rest of this year.
Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles
Another Oriole who could be on the move is Dylan Bundy. The 25-year-old is 7-9 with a 4.53 ERA this season, and has a career ERA of 4.25. Bundy was selected fourth overall out of high school in the 2011 MLB Draft. He is owed just over $500,000 for the remainder of the season, and is under arbitration control through 2021.