NASHVILLE -- If the A’s trade away Brett Lawrie, it does not appear they’ll send him to their rivals down south.
The Angels and A’s have indeed talked about a deal for the infielder, a source told CSN California on Monday night, but it doesn’t appear Los Angeles could offer a return package to Oakland’s liking.
That doesn’t mean the A’s won’t continue shopping Lawrie, who they can afford to part with after the addition of infielder Jed Lowrie. The White Sox could be a potential match as they’re looking for a third baseman, and it helps that Oakland and Chicago have a productive history of making trades, including the six-player Jeff Samardzija deal that went down at last year’s winter meetings.
Detroit flirted with the idea of trying to acquire Lawrie but nothing has come of it. The Yankees could use a second baseman, a position Lawrie also plays, but it’s believed that they prefer someone who’s more of a defense-first player. The Indians have been mentioned as another potential suitor.
In other news, even after agreeing to terms with reliever Ryan Madson on Sunday, the A’s continue to look to upgrade their bullpen. Oakland also made a run at free agent reliever Mark Lowe before the right-hander signed with Detroit, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported.
Another potential bullpen option went off the board Monday when Trevor Cahill signed with the Cubs, though a source indicated the A’s did not show much interest.