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Why A's should target Robbie Ray trade with D'backs selling in offseason

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Why A's should target Robbie Ray trade with D'backs selling in offseason

Arizona is officially open for business.

On Wednesday, the Diamondbacks traded six-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt, the face of their franchise, to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for prospects. The D'backs have already seen their ace Patrick Corbin agree to terms with the Nationals and they also figure to lose All-Star outfielder A.J. Pollock in free agency.

With Arizona selling, the A's should be buying, specifically left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray.

Oakland desperately needs starting pitching and the 27-year-old left-hander would be a great addition for a couple of reasons.

First, he's flat-out dominant. Over the past two seasons, Ray has averaged better than 12 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking near the top of Major League Baseball. During that span, he has gone 21-7 with a 3.34 ERA.

Second, Ray is young and affordable. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to get $6.1 million in arbitration next season, and he is still under arbitration control for another year after that. At his age, he is just entering his prime.

The D'backs will likely want prospects in return as they start their rebuild. The A's won't want to part with Jesús Luzardo, A.J. Puk, or Sean Murphy, but anyone else should be fair game.

A's sign free-agent outfielder Robbie Grossman to one-year contract

A's sign free-agent outfielder Robbie Grossman to one-year contract

Spring training is here and the A's are adding to their depth in the outfield. 

The A's have officially signed outfielder Robbie Grossman, the team announced on Friday. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the news on Wednesday.

Grossman, 29, hit .273 with a .751 OPS last season for the Twins. He was also worth 1.5 bWAR. 

[RELATED: Brett Anderson re-signs with A's on one-year contract]

The switch-hitter also brings versatility on defense. Grossman has experience at all three outfield positions. In 2018, he played 52 games in right field, 34 in left field and served as the DH 36 times. 

A's should target a pair of pitchers as Marlins' fire sale continues

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A's should target a pair of pitchers as Marlins' fire sale continues

At the rate they're going, the Marlins might not be able to field a team on Opening Day.

Last week, Miami traded talented young catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies, continuing their seemingly never-ending fire sale. As ESPN's Sam Miller pointed out, the Marlins have now traded 23 of their top 25 players in franchise history, based on WAR.

With Miami clearly tanking this year, there might be an opportunity for the A's to add some talent before the season starts. CBS Sports' R.J. Anderson listed nine players who could soon be shipped off by the Marlins. We've selected two the A's should target:

José Ureña - SP

José Ureña would have a chance to be the A's number one or two starter. The 27-year-old right-hander is coming off a solid 2018 season with the Marlins, going 9-12 with a 3.98 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 174 innings.

Ureña was even better in 2017, finishing 14-7 with a 3.82 ERA. He has always had great stuff but has struggled a bit with his command. Getting out of Miami would probably serve him well, and what better place to pitch than the Oakland Coliseum?

Ureña will earn just $3.2 million this season and is under team arbitration control through 2021, making him even more attractive to a team like the A's. With Oakland's wealth of outfielders and prospects, a trade for Ureña wouldn't be unrealistic.

[RELATED: A's manager Melvin praises Luzardo's wicked breaking ball]

Dan Straily - SP

Dan Straily is another starter who could help solidify the A's rotation. The veteran right-hander began his career in Oakland, spending three seasons with the A's from 2012-14.

Last year, Straily went 5-6 with a 4.12 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 122 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old has a career ERA of 4.23 in seven Major League seasons.

Straily is scheduled to make $5 million this season and has one more year of arbitration control. He could potentially slot in as the A's number three or four starter and likely wouldn't cost a whole lot to acquire.