Found July 23, 2013 on Football Extra Points:
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With the trade deadline growing closer, the Oakland Athletics have been taking a realistic look at their strengths and weaknesses. The Athletics could definitely benefit by reinforcing the second base position, and one of the leagues’ best is now available in Philadelphia’s Chase Utley. Currently the second base position is considered one of the team’s weaker positions, Eric Sogard has done well but not spectacular. Eric Sogard is new in Major League Baseball and his statistics simply aren’t as deep as Utley’s in the spirit of a comparison. What is apparent from their respective performances however, is Utley’s power advantage. Chase Utley wouldn’t come cheap. The veteran is due 15 Million this season, any potential suitor of a team would owe between 5-7 Million depending on how soon the move is made. The Athletics have a long tradition of deftly utilizing veteran ability. Names like Frank Thomas, Manny Ramirez, Hedeki Matsui and Mike Piazza have all gone down swinging in Oakland. -...
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