As we get closer to the playoffs, we are going to keep an eye on the teams that are around the Mariners in the hunt for the playoffs.
One of these teams is of course, the Oakland Athletics.
The Oakland A’s were swept by the Los Angeles Angels in a four-game series in Anaheim. After a one-run win by the Halos on Thursday, they shut out the A’s Friday and Saturday, then blew them out on Sunday.
In response to the lack of offense, the A’s acquired Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox. Dunn, who said he will retire at the end of this season, is batting .220 with 20 homers, 54 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage this season.
The Oakland A’s sent right-hander Nolan Sanburn, their No. 12-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, to Chicago in the deal. The White Sox are also sending cash with Dunn to help with his remaining salary. He is in the final year of his four-year, $56 million deal.
The Mariners were quiet on Sunday, the last day to make waiver trades. Tomorrow, the rosters expand and minor leaguers will be called up. The Mariners likely thought that the addition of Michael Saunders, Corey Hart, Taijuan Walker and others was just as good, if not better than, acquiring another piece.
The Athletics head home to open a series with the Mariners starting Monday.