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Athletics rumors: Oakland interested in Trevor Plouffe

The Athletics are considering the free agent third baseman.

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Oakland continues to emphasize adding depth to its lineup and is interested in free agent third baseman Trevor Plouffe, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Red Sox are among the other teams interested, according to Rosenthal.

Plouffe is a versatile piece who can play both first and third base and would likely be used at both positions if he were to sign with the Athletics. His market has been slow to develop, even with Justin Turner re-signing with the Dodgers.

Plouffe, 30, had a productive 2016 season while he was healthy, batting .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs over just 84 games. He was plagued by a series of injuries but has proven he can be a valuable power hitter with consistent playing time.

The Athletics have also been linked to Mark Trumbo this offseason and it’s unlikely the club can land both Trumbo and Plouffe. However, Plouffe would likely be an upgrade over Ryon Healy at third base.