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The A's are interested in Sheets, and if not him, Damon

Jan 25, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

There’s apparently some money burning a hole in Billy Beane’s pocket, because according to Buster Olney, the Athletics are trying to sign Ben Sheets. Sheets figures to command around $8 million, so either Beane was given some new financial latitude or else he’s been playin’ possum. 

A Sheets signing would be a nice move for the A’s who, given how tough the AL West appears to be this year, will need to take some chances and hope for some upside from a lot of their players.  Of course, given that this is Beane, it may be far more likely that he’d expect a nice first half from Sheets followed by a deadline deal for prospects.  Which would also be smart.

The kicker: Olney says that if the A’s can’t swing a deal for Sheets, they’d turn their attention to Johnny Damon, whom would presumably be subject to the same sort of deadline-deal, free agent arbitrage.

Query: is a Buster Olney tweet enough to make the A’s an official “mystery team?”  If so, I may owe Scott Boras an apology. 

  1. Ryan - Jan 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Hold off on that apology, it’s a bit of a stretch to take one teams plan B as a serious challenge to the Yankees’ offer.

  2. Jamie - Jan 25, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    I think Beane has been pretty open about having some money to play with this year. They were in on Scutaro and Beltre.

  3. scatterbrian - Jan 25, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Sheets in Oakland would be awesome, but I don’t understand the interest in Damon. The A’s have been working to improve their defense, and adding Damon as an OF hurts those efforts. Besides, they have plenty of depth (Sweeney, Crisp, Davis, Buck, Patterson, Taylor). They also just re-signed Cust, so along with Fox, Oakland is pretty set at DH.
    Also, people seem to miss that Damon had perhaps the worst season of his career playing in Oakland.

  4. APBA Guy - Jan 25, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    I think Beane’s plan is to have so many free agents turn down offers to play at the Mausoleum that MLB will be compelled to negotiate territory rights for the A’s move to San Jose.

  5. YANKEES1996 - Jan 25, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    That is probably exactly his plan, genius, pure genius!

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