Oakland Athletics rumors: Josh Donaldson will not be traded

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The Oakland Athletics are reassessing things. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that people outside of the organization are reassessing things on Oakland’s behalf.

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What is happening inside the Oakland front office won’t be clear until this off-season, but one imagines the panic level within the organization is a lot lower than it is for those reacting to the end of their season from the outside.

In the aftermath of Oakland’s heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Wild Card game, rumors started to swirl that the A’s would look to trade star third baseman Josh Donaldson in an effort to retool.

Why the A’s would trade a player who is under team control through 2019, even if he is due for a raise in arbitration this off-season, is not entirely clear. From the sounds of a report from Susan Slusser, it’s not clear to the those who work for the A’s either.

Without knowing what they would get in a trade for Donaldson, one cannot actually say if it would be stupid or not. Were the A’s to trade Donaldson for an overpay in terms of proven talent or top prospects, maybe it would be the right move. But back in reality, when considering what the A’s could actually get in a trade for him…yea, it would probably be stupid.

Donaldson is coming off a .255/.342/.456 season in which he hit 29 home runs and drove in 98 runs.

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