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Athletics Rumors: Stephen Drew, Yunel Escobar, Jimmy Rollins

Jul. 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Stephen Drew (6) doubles to left center during the game against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Chase Field.  Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
Jul. 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Stephen Drew (6) doubles to left center during the game against the Colorado Rockies during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

While the Oakland Athletics missed out on Hanley Ramirez, they have several backup plans, according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, including Stephen Drew of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yunel Escobar of the Toronto Blue Jays and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies:

The A’s are still looking to add, and they do have backup plans. They’ve been scouting Stephen Drew, have had interest in Yunel Escobar, and have even kicked around the possibility of trying to bring hometown kid Jimmy Rollins back to Oakland.

Knobler adds that the Miami Marlins offered Oakland a "sweet deal" that would have sent Ramirez to the A’s in exchange for a few minor leaguer players. The Marlins reportedly would have paid about half of the remaining money owed to Ramirez in that deal.

While the A’s do have backup plans, Knobler says none of the remaining options "excite them the way a possible Hanley trade did."

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Which player should the A's target this summer?

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