Report: Athletics discussing Justin Upton, Evan Gattis with Braves


The Athletics dealt star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays last night for Brett Lawrie and three prospects, but general manager Billy Beane isn’t done with reshuffling his roster. According to John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group, the Athletics are discussing Justin Upton and Evan Gattis with the Braves. The thought is that Jeff Samardzija could be the “bait” in a potential deal.

It’s a odd match on the surface, as Upton and Samardzija are both under team control for only one more year. Gattis is a different story, as he won’t even be arbitration-eligible for the first time until after next season. Surely more players are being discussed and who knows, maybe a third team would end up being involved.

On a potentially related note, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal writes that the Athletics have “at least one more significant trade brewing.” While most of the speculation is that Samardzija will be the next to go, Rosenthal believes that that moving a left-handed hitter like Brandon Moss, Josh Reddick, or John Jaso is more likely.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.