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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Baseball's best team isn't flawless, but could it be with second-base help?

That's the only area the A's may look to upgrade in advance of the July 31 Trade Deadline, even though manager Bob Melvin says, "I like the team we have."

Oakland's front-office army is on the hunt for help, anyway, and at a time when Eric Sogard is finally providing production at the plate. His ability to keep it up likely won't alter their stance before the Deadline, but it's significant for the here and now.

Sogard compiled as many hits in his first 11 at-bats after the All-Star break as he totaled in his previous 35 trips to the plate, earning him a third straight start at second base Friday. He started just three other games total in the month of July.

"Sogard's starting swinging the bat here recently, and we've seen that when he plays well, he can really contribute, defensively, on the bases," said Melvin. "That's what's being bantered about out there. I don't think we necessarily have to do something there. That's just me."

The A's are also expected to welcome back Alberto Callaspo (right hamstring strain) as soon as Sunday, after he makes a rehab start with Class A Advanced Stockton on Saturday. Sogard is a candidate to be optioned when that happens.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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