The Oakland Athletics currently hold an $8 million dollar option on starting pitcher Brett Anderson, which according to general manager Billy Beane, they intend to exercise. That doesn’t necessarily mean Anderson will be staying in Oakland, however.
With such close eyes watching the A’s payroll, an $8 million dollar contract (though reasonable given the current market) seems a bit too expensive for the Athletics, something SFGate’s Susan Slusser took notice of in a recent piece. Slusser suggested that it’s very possible Oakland will exercise the option, only to potentially trade Anderson to an interested team, one of which is apparently the Toronto Blue Jays who’ve been scouting the talented arm for quite some time:
It’s possible that the A’s will pick up Anderson’s option and then deal him; there are numerous interested teams, particularly Toronto, which has pursued the A’s Opening Day starter for two years and which had a scout following him again at the end of this season.
Stocked with young, cheap pitching, the Athletics could get a very solid return for Anderson even at an $8 million dollar salary, so that might be an option they explore come the offseason.