Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/25/12
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The first strong trade rumors involving the Oakland A's surfaced Tuesday, with the team connected strongly with the Miami Marlins' Hanley Ramirez. Oakland needs a shortstop. Cliff Pennington is on the disabled list due to a sore right shoulder that has shown no recent improvement, and his .197 average is the second lowest in the league. Ramirez, a three-time All-Star shortstop, is playing third base this year, but most scouts believe he's better at his original position. The A's would be better able than most teams to put together an attractive package of pitchers. Although Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone would be off limits, Wednesday's starter, A.J. Griffin, is likely to be available, along with Class AAA Sacramento right-hander Dan Straily, who leads all of baseball in strikeouts. Other pitchers potentially available include Brad Peacock, obtained in the Gio Gonzalez deal; Tyson Ross and Graham Godfrey. The A's also have several relievers they might consider moving, expect f...
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