OAKLAND (CBS Sports) – The A’s, as it turns out, were also in heavy on Hanley Ramirez before he was traded to the Dodgers. And, according to sources, the Marlins offered Oakland a sweet deal within the last few days, one in which the A’s would get Ramirez for a couple of minor-league players — and the Marlins would pay about half the remaining money on Ramirez’s contract.

The A’s held off making the deal, because of concerns about a hand injury that has kept him out of the lineup since Friday. In the meantime, the Dodgers came in and agreed to take Ramirez’s entire contract — all $40 million of it.

That’s great for the suddenly fire-selling Marlins. It’s awful for the suddenly competitive A’s.

Read the full story from CBS Sports.

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