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A's Rumors: Beane Eying Shortstop Upgrades


FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal reports that Oakland A's GM Billy Beane is seeking to improve his team's shortstop situation.

Billy Beane would "love" to get a shortstop who could improve upon Cliff Pennington’s .203 batting average and .556 OPS, according to a major league source.

Rosenthal suggests that Oakland could pursue Toronto's Yunel Escobar or Arizona's Stephen Drew, although the team is "not yet in serious trade discussions."

The Blue Jays seem to believe that Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechavarria is ready for the major leagues, which is why they could look to move Escobar. The 29-year-old Escobar is under contract for next season and his deal club options that could keep him under team control through the 2015 season.

Stephen Drew has appeared in only 12 games this season, missing most of the season recovering from a broken ankle. Drew has a mutual option of $10 million for 2013, so he could be more than a rental player.