A's shortstop Stephen Drew and starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy are the team's top two free agents, and among the league's best, according to a recently published list.
Here's what HardBallTalk.com had to say about the two, who they ranked No. 21 and 36:
21. Stephen Drew (SS Athletics -- Age 30): The Diamondbacks soured on Drew when he was slow in returning from a broken ankle, and it certainly didnt help matters that he hit .193 in his first 40 games after coming off the DL. Traded to the As, he hit .250.326.382 and played a solid defensive shortstop in 39 games. The ball is now in Drews court after the As declined their half of a 10 million option; he can take a relatively modest two- or three-year deal now or go for one year instead and aim for a bigger contract next winter. The Red Sox and Brewers could compete with the As for his services.
36. Brandon McCarthy (RHP Athletics -- Age 29): McCarthy would have been Oaklands No. 1 or No. 2 starter in the postseason, but a liner to the head on Sept. 5 changed that in the span of a heartbeat. One brain surgery later, he was able resume throwing in the postseason and he should be 100 percent for the spring. McCarthy has a long history of shoulder problems, so he would be a tough sell on a multiyear deal. However, hes a great fit in Oakland with the big ballpark and outstanding outfield defense. The two sides should be able to work out a one-year contract.
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OAKLAND — A’s starter Jesse Hahn left Tuesday night’s game in the third inning with a strained right triceps.
The right-hander had surrendered seven hits and four runs when he was visited by manager Bob Melvin and A’s head trainer Nick Paparesta after allowing Christian Yelich’s leadoff single in the third. Following a short conversation, Hahn headed for the dugout.
The A’s already were trailing 4-1 at the time, and Bobby Wahl was called in cold from the bullpen. After being given all the time he needed to warm up, Wahl gave up two doubles, a single and two wild pitches as the Marlins added on three more runs to take a 7-1 lead that they held as of the bottom of the fourth.
Hahn came in 1-3 with a 3.02 ERA over nine games (eight starts) after replacing Raul Alcantara in the rotation in early April. Hahn was sidelined for roughly a month late in 2016 with a strained right shoulder and missed the final three months of the 2015 season with right elbow inflammation.
Since Sean Manaea returned from a shoulder setback May 15, the A’s have been operating with what looked like a consistent five-man starting staff with Sonny Gray, Kendall Graveman, Manaea, Andrew Triggs and Hahn.
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After missing four games, Yonder Alonso is back in the lineup as the A's begin a series against the Marlins Tuesday night.
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
3. Christian Yelich (L) CF
4. Marcell Ozuna (R) DH
5. Justin Bour (L) 1B
6. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
7. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
8. J.T. Riddle (L) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) LF
Jose Urena -- RHP
1. Matt Joyce (L) RF
2. Mark Canha (R) CF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) DH
7. Stephen Vogt (L) C
8. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Jesse Hahn -- RHP