A's featured on "This Week in Baseball"

A's featured on "This Week in Baseball"

The A's are known for making big trades during July, and this week they will be the team featured on "This Week in Baseball."

Oakland's ace, Barry Zito, has been surrounded by trade rumors all season, and the weekly series will feature the A's on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX.

After three well-known player transactions -- Frank Thomas, Milton Bradley and Esteban Loaiza -- in the offseason, the A's could possibly be making another move before the July 31 trading deadline.

General manager Billy Beane has a reputation for making "A" trades, and the Athletics could be looking to add another bat to the offense, which is ranked last in the Major Leagues in batting average, slugging percentage, total bases and doubles.

Oakland has also received a lot of press recently for being in a tight race in the American League West.

The A's lead the West by 1 1/2 games, and the episode will feature an interview with manager Ken Macha about the 2006 season so far.

The A's have used the disabled list 11 times this season, yet despite the setbacks, the team has enjoyed another good run in June after a lousy May.

The A's have the best post-All Star break record from 2000-2005 (284-160), and could be primed for another run if they stay healthy.

"This Week in Baseball" mic'd sluggers Eric Chavez and Nick Swisher during batting practice and also conducted interviews with several A's players.

The show will also feature hitters Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki and David Eckstein for the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run.

Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford form the alternative band Train will also be featured in "This Week in Baseball."

Ryan Quinn is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.