Veteran first baseman Yonder Alonso earned his first All-Star appearance this season with the Oakland Athletics. The 30-year-old entered the All-Star break with a .275 average, 20 homers and 43 RBI. He also boasts a splendid .372 on-base percentage.
Needless to say, the deal sending Alonso to Oakland prior to the 2016 season has worked out well for both sides.
And while Alonso would love to remain in Northern California, it appears that the A’s have made him available. ESPN’s Buster Olney was the first to report the news on Wednesday.
In one way, it’s interesting that Oakland would make Alonso available. He could very well act as a long-term and relatively cheap option over the long term. It would be a solid mix to go with Oakland’s young talent.
On the other hand, the A’s themselves are in full-scale rebuild mode. Heck, ace starter Sonny Gray is currently being shopped. Does a 30-year-old infielder in the midst of a career year fit into the long-term plans in Oakland? Also important to note, the A’s could potentially re-sign Alonso during the winter. By trading him, they could get something in return.
Oakland currently finds itself 11 games under .500 and 21 games behind the American League West leading Houston Astros. We promise to hear more about the team’s veteran players between now and the July 31st trade deadline.