It bugs the crap out of me when I have 2 diaries out of the last 10, but here it goes anyway. So the A's forked Nick Swisher over to the White Sox for a decent haul of prospects. So that proves that the A's are infact having a firesale of all their good players in order to begin a rebuilding process to one day in the next 3-4 years start seriously competing again. And as long as they're doing this, one would assume that they would want to clear all of the people close to not-young (to make room for the youngsters) and anyone that even remotely weighs down on the payroll (because there's no sense in wasting money when you're not competing), especially the later because the A's have absolutely no money behind them.
So could this be a good time for us to take advantage of the situation and try to take Eric Chavez from the A's, too? I think it'd be smart for us because it'd be a cheap pick up. Chavez is quite good when he's not injured, which isn't often. For the last 2 or 3 years, he's been pretty badly hampered by injuries. Last year he was limited to 90 games because of a torn labrum, damaged tissue in his shoulder, damaged bicep tendons, and the list goes on. This is why I think we should get him. He's far, far away from being a guarantee to start next year, and he's a pretty damn expensive risk for a player that might not start. He's set to make between 11-12 million next year. That's money that the A's have, but knowing them would probably rather not spend. So maybe we could offer a small package of a couple of our lower level pitching prospects like Billy Sadler, Sergio Romo, Nick Periera, etc. and maybe Jonathan Sanchez for Chavy. I think they'd bite because they wouldn't get much more for him and they would rather have him gone anyway because of all the money he makes. It would hugely benefit us because we would (if he can stay healthy with our decent medical staff) have a starting 3B with a decent bat and an excellent glove (he had 6 consecutive GG's at 3B prior to 07'). He'd fit right into lineup around the 3 or 4 hole. And the money would be far from a problem because there's a big heap of nothing on our payroll right now (save Zito/Rowand). What do you guys think?