This is a bit of a splash move for the Oakland A’s and one that will likely cost a lot more. Unlike the other moves listed so far this isn’t a rental. Garcia has one more year of arbitration left before he becomes a free agent.
In 2017, Garcia was an all-star. He hit .330 with 18 home runs 80 rbis and a .895 OPS. The 27-year-old spent some time on the shelf this year but he’s been effective.
In 39 games this year, he is hitting .268 with 10 home runs and a .811 OPS. He’s a corner outfielder that can be an easy upgrade in left field or right field if the Athletics wished.
He would be third on the team in OPS if he was added and it would add another righty bat to go along with Khris Davis. Like I mentioned, it’s a move that’ll likely cost a lot more because it’s for a year and a half of Garcia.
The A’s would likely have to give up a top-five prospect in their system and a couple complimentary pieces to go along in the deal. If Billy Beane and company are serious about going for it this year than this is a piece that can push them into the second Wild Card spot.
Regardless, the A’s shouldn’t stay stagnant. Any of these trades would help their chances at making a run at the Mariners or Yankees.