A source with knowledge of the situation said the A's are trying to trade for Seattle infielder Chone Figgins, and that current A's third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and perhaps a pitcher could be shipped to the Mariners in return.
The A's pursued free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre this winter, and they claimed Edwin Encarnacion off waivers but didn't retain him. So it's clear they're not completely sold on Kouzmanoff, who hit .247 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs for the A's last year.
Figgins, 33, hit just .259 as Seattle's second baseman last season, but he did steal 42 bases. He's played lots of third base in the past and could handle the position. But he also has $26 million left on his contract through 2013.