TORONTO -- As soon as word escaped about Yunel Escobar's late exit from the lineup Wednesday, speculation about whether it was because a trade had sent the Blue Jays' shortstop over to the A's clubhouse circulated.
It was just back stiffness for Escobar, though, or so the club said. The A's, then, don't appear to be close to finalizing any trade at the time being, despite their well-known desire to add a shortstop like Escobar by Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
On Tuesday night, Hanley Ramirez was wiped off the board, after the Dodgers reeled him in by way of a four-player deal with the Marlins. Still, other options remain for the A's, who were very much in on Ramirez, a club source confirmed.
Aside from Escobar, the A's could look to add the Padres' Chase Headley, though a more realistic option may be found in Stephen Drew, despite D-backs GM Kevin Towers' insistence on Tuesday that Drew is likely staying put, especially after he dealt away infielder Ryan Roberts to the Rays.
"I don't think there's a deal out there right now involving Stephen that's going to make us a better club this year and we're still in win mode," Towers told local reporters. "If we fall out of this thing middle of August, late August, we still have trade waivers and if we don't know if we're going to be able to bring Stephen back then maybe it's different.
"People kick tires, they ask about him, I don't blame them. But I haven't seen or heard anything right now that by trading Stephen Drew is going to make us a better club."
Drew, who can be a free agent at season's end, has played in just 18 games this year because of an ankle injury he incurred last season. In that time, he's batting .222. In seven Major League seasons, though, he's averaged a .269 mark with 15 home runs and 71 RBIs, and his defense has improved each year. Moreover, an A's player who once played with Drew called him "a very good teammate."
The D-backs are likely eying a top-notch prospect in return for Drew, who would offer an offensive upgrade over the struggling and now-injured Cliff Pennington.