Barry Zito is apparently available*. The A’s need a right-handed slugger. The Yankees are infatuated with Brian Giles.
So, if you’re the Yankees, do you: Trade Sheffield for Zito? I would. In a heartbeat. You can even sign Giles to play RF, if you really want.
* From ESPN.com’s Rumor Central
Nov 29 – The signing of free-agent starter Esteban Loaiza could spell the end of Barry Zito’s days in an A’s uniform, given the team’s need for a right-handed slugger, The San Francisco Chronicle reports. But GM Billy Beane cautioned reporters not to jump to conclusions. “I wouldn’t necessarily read into it that it’s a precursor to anything coming down the pike,” Beane told the newspaper. Zito will be a free agent after next season.