Athletics Rumors: Oakland to Continue Pursuit of Shortstop

WASHINGTON - APRIL 05: Jimmy Rollins #11 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws the ball to first base during the game against the Washington Nationals on Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

While the Oakland Athletics were unable to acquire a shortstop before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they will continue having conversations with teams regarding players, including Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, through the month of August, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Oakland had flirted with a few possible deals in the past week or two, and the A's were in on Hanley Ramirez until the last minute, when the Dodgers plunged in.

Assistant general manager David Forst said he would not provide specifics about any deals that had been discussed, but he emphasized that the team will continue to explore ways to upgrade this month.

Slusser expects there to be several shortstops available during the waiver-trade period of August, including Rollins.

The 33-year-old is owed $11 million over the next two seasons and his contract includes a $11 million vesting option for 2015. The Phillies were sellers at the deadline, and Rollins could be made available as well.

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