Susan Slusser of SFGate reports that scouts following the A’s lately believe the American League’s top team has just one weakness: second base.
“They could use more production there,” one scout said Saturday. “That’s where they could use some help.”
Athletics second basemen are batting .215, the lowest mark in the league. Eric Sogard, the left-handed hitter who is the primary second baseman, is batting .200; Nick Punto, who often starts at second against left-handers, .233. And Alberto Callaspo, who started at first base Saturday but who has made five starts at second, is 0 for his past 19 and batting .223.
A premium second baseman, however, would require a substantial return, and the Athletics don’t seem likely to part with any top prospects.