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A's would need 'a compelling offer' to trade Ben Sheets

Jun 23, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

Ben Sheets has been a disappointment for Oakland, going 2-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 15 starts after signing a one-year, $10 million deal this winter, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that “the A’s do not plan to trade Sheets unless they receive a compelling offer.”
Obviously the definition of “a compelling offer” is up for debate and as Rosenthal notes “the team is not under financial pressure to move” Sheets’ contract, but not cashing him in for whatever value is available would be odd given the A’s situation.
Not only are they 9.5 games back in the AL West at 34-39, the A’s won’t get compensation for letting Sheets walk as a free agent because as Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors calculated he wouldn’t qualify for Type A or Type B status after missing all of last season. In other words, if the A’s aren’t willing to accept a less-than-compelling offer for Sheets he’ll pitch the second half for them as they likely fall out of the playoff picture and then leave for nothing as a free agent.
Rosenthal also reports that the A’s “will need to be motivated to move” Coco Crisp at the trading deadline, but unlike with Sheets they at least hold a $5.75 million option on him for next season and presumably might be interested in bringing him back. Still, to me it would certainly make sense for the A’s to get whatever they can for either player at this point.

  1. Buccofan - Jun 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Crisp can bring more in trade in 3-4 weeks than he can now, if he stays healthy and productive. The former is his big issue.

  2. John - Jun 23, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    True, he’ll probably get traded. He’s been a lot better lately though. I think like a 3.79 ERA in his last 10 starts (saw a graphic on ESPN last night, can’t remember exactly but I’m pretty sure that’s what it was).

  3. willmose - Jun 23, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    By “compelling offer” the A’s mean any offer where they don’t have to eat at least 75% of Sheets’ salary to make the deal.

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