Word is, the A's could emerge as a player for White Sox star right-hander Jake Peavy.
A's GM Billy Beane's team is in great shape as far as starting pitchers, with a solid rotation, top prospect Sonny Gray clearly ready to help and and Brett Anderson close to returning from a right foot injury.
But Oakland briefly got involved in Matt Garza talks at the 11th hour before he was sent to Texas, and could consider the same with Peavy. People who have spoken to Beane say his rationale is simple: He'd prefer to acquire a very good starting pitcher than a mediocre hitter, no matter his own need.
"There are just no great bats available,'' one A's connected person said.
Beane has pulled off quite a few deadline surprises in the past. This could be another one.
With that being the case, they will take a look at Peavy. Word is they had a scout at his return start vs. the Braves, though an A's person said that was only normal coverage. That said, they will be monitoring Peavy from here out.
The Red Sox and Cardinals were identified as main players for Peavy here Tuesday while many other teams are still surveying the pitching market and can't be ruled out, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Indians and Braves.
Peavy has a year to go on his two-year, $29 million contract, and some execs figure the extra time left makes him even more valuable than Garza.