The A's are within striking range in the American League with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline just 12 days away.

It's forcing the front office to consider the market, as an offensive improvement at shortstop would round out the A's lineup and set them up for meaningful baseball down the stretch.

It's been reported that the last-place Phillies would seriously entertain trade offers for Oakland native Jimmy Rollins.

Rollins, a three-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, signed a whopper of a contract before the season that will pay him $11 million a year through 2014, with a vesting option for 2015 based on plate appearances. It's a contract that will make most teams pass.

"That contract, boy oh boy..." one MLB general manager was quoted.