At this point in the season, it’s obvious that the Oakland Athletics are headed for a rocky finish.
The team currently owns the worst record in all of baseball at 25-68.
They lost their second-half opener by a final score of 5-4 against the Minnesota Twins.
But with the A’s already well out of contention, there may be a certain player on their roster worth paying attention to as the trade deadline approaches.
Outfielder Seth Brown is a name that could be floating around in trade discussions.
On Twitter, Jon Morosi of MLB Network took note of the fact that Brown could be a trade piece for the A’s.
Seth Brown is one name to watch on the trade market as a left-handed power bat. As recently as last year, he produced a 25-HR, 11-SB season. His role in Oakland could change with the arrivals of Tyler Soderstrom and Zack Gelof. @MLBNetwork @MLBPipeline
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 15, 2023
Morosi notes that Tyler Soderstrom and Zack Gelof are on their way to the big leagues and will be knocking on the door soon.
This means that Brown could become expendable as a trade piece.
He is hitting just .198 on the season, but has hit eight home runs and driven in 24 on the year.
Last year, he hit 25 home runs and stole 11 bases.
There are plenty of teams that could benefit from having an outfield bat, especially a left-handed bat with power.
The New York Yankees are a team that is in need of some outfield depth with Aaron Judge currently on the injured list.
There is still no timetable on the reigning MVP and Yankees captain, so Brown could be a piece that the Yankees take a look at.
The 31-year-old’s time in Oakland could be limited with the impending arrival of two prospects, as Morosi notes.NEXT: Oakland Mayor Steps Up To Fight For The A's