The Oakland A’s really need to add starting pitching if they want to build on last season’s 97-win campaign. Sean Manaea, Daniel Gossett, Jharel Cotton, and Andrew Triggs all figure to miss time recovering from injuries. A healthy Anderson or Davies could stabilize the A’s rotation while their quartet(!) of injured starters work their way back.
Oakland has an offense that’s ready to contend for a division title, but they need to get innings from somewhere. Right now, it’s hard to piece together 162 starts with their current roster configuration.
The A’s also have a ton of intriguing arms in throughout their system that could make sense for the Milwaukee Brewers, but they don’t have a ton of salary commitments.
The A’s have about $83 million committed to their payroll for 2019. Adding Anderson or Davies at their salaries could make sense for them, and provide payroll relief for the Brewers to add one more free agent. Dallas Keuchel might fit if the Brewers can clear a little more payroll.
If the A’s don’t want to provide salary relief, the Milwaukee Brewers could also choose to eat Davies’ or Anderson’s salary for 2019 in exchange for a quality prospect or two.