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Phillies and Twins reportedly interested in Ben Sheets, but will the A's even trade him?

Jul 19, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

Ben Sheets is signed to a one-year, $10 million contract and won’t bring back compensatory draft picks as a free agent because he missed all of last season, so with Oakland barely clinging to contention at 45-46 it would seemingly be a no-brainer for the A’s to trade him.
Despite that Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “Oakland has no desire to move Sheets.” Of course, she also adds that Sheets “remains a potential target for Philadelphia and Minnesota, among others” and speculates that he could become “more expendable” once Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden are healthy.
Sheets got off to a terrible start after missing last season following elbow surgery, but has a 3.72 ERA and 66/25 K/BB ratio in his last 82 innings. If the A’s can dump the remaining $5 million on his contract and/or get a decent prospect in return, they should definitely be looking to unload Sheets.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    The feeling among the fans is that the team is going nowhere, although they appear to be hanging in because they’ve finished the weak part of their schedule. That ends tonight with Boston coming to town.
    Beane went “all in” on pitching and defense this past off-season, leaving the team weak and pathetic on offense. Mazzaro, Cahill, and Gio have all improved over the season, but injuries to Anderson, Braden, and Duchscherer have mitigated the “pitching” piece of the equation.
    Sheets has been improving of late, mainly in his command. What is troubling still is his lack of velocity. He opens the game 87-88 and never touches the 95 mph of old.
    Don’t believe that the A’s won’t trade him. Beane was off watching Tottenham’s American tour letting AGM Dave Forst handle the preliminary calls. The A’s just haven’t heard what they want to hear from their trading partners. Yet.

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