Posted July 30, 2012 on athletics.scout.com
The July trading deadline is a little more than 24 hours away and the Oakland A's are in the middle of several trade rumors. Can the upstart A's ignore the rumors and focus against yet another tough opponent from the American League East? Chris Biderman tackles the question in his preview of the A's series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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