A’s do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson

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A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson finished fourth in the American League MVP balloting in 2013 after batting .301/.384/.499 in 158 games and he followed that up in 2014 with his first All-Star nod and career highs in both home runs (29) and RBI (98). He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is likely to¬†command a big sum of money, but the cost-conscious A’s aren’t even considering a trade.

From Ken Rosenthal’s latest at FOXSports.com

First things first: The Oakland Athletics do not plan to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson, according to major-league sources.

The A’s would listen if teams inquired on pitchers such as right-hander Jeff Samardzija and lefty Scott Kazmir. However, they will not shop either and are adamant about keeping Donaldson, who is under club control for four more years, sources say.

As always, the Athletics are realistic about their ability to compete long term. They also know that the AL West is only getting stronger.

Samardzija and Kazmir are both entering contract years, so dealing one of them would make more sense.