A’s May Hold Onto Ben Sheets, Deal Coco Crisp?

When Ben Sheets signed a one-year, $10MM contract with Oakland in January, it was widely assumed that the A's would try to flip Sheets to a contending team at the trade deadline, provided that the right-hander proved he was healthy and returned to his past form.  Sheets has made 15 starts and had some ups and downs in performance (a 4.66 ERA, 1.65 K-BB ratio), but was still seen as a candidate to be moved in July.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, however, reports that barring a "compelling" offer, the Athletics intend to keep Sheets for the remainder of the season.  The club likes how Sheets has acted as a mentor to their young pitchers and his eight-figure contract isn't too much of a burden on the payroll. 

Since Sheets doesn't even currently project to be a Type-B free agent under the most recent Elias rankings, it would seem unlike the A's to just let him walk as a free agent after the season.  It's possible the club thinks they could re-sign him at a lower price, but a healthy Sheets is bound to attract the attention of several teams over the winter. 

Rosenthal also notes that Coco Crisp could be dealt, but Oakland "will need to be motivated to move" the veteran outfielder.  Rosenthal argues that Crisp's $5.75MM option for next season fits into the club's budget, but Crisp has battled injuries for the last two seasons and has just a .719 OPS since 2006.  If the A's can't move him at the deadline, it seems more likely that Crisp would be bought out for $500K. 

20 Responses to A’s May Hold Onto Ben Sheets, Deal Coco Crisp? Leave a Reply

  1. Brandon Woodworth 5 years ago

    I believe he has a clause in his contract, that even if he makes Type B or A, the A’s cannot offer arbitration. I doubt a club so focused on young players and cheap veterans would take a chance of Ben Sheets walking. 2 more months mentoring on the team isn’t gonna make up for the fact that they could get a good prospect from someone. And I don’t think they way he’s pitching will get him the $10 million he has now….maybe something like Carl Pavano or Rich Harden money.

    • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

      I don’t think they could get a good prospect from someone. That’s the issue.

  2. 04Forever 5 years ago

    The only thing they can get for Coco is Coco Puffs

  3. bigpat 5 years ago

    I don’t understand why a smart GM like Beane would even give Crisp a major league deal, let alone 5M guaranteed. He’s hurt most of the time, and when he plays, he’s nothing special anyways. I don’t really get it. Why pay 5M for run prevention when no one else would?

    • I agree. I don’t see why anybody would take his option at close to 6m. For that much, you could get someone who might actually play! I tend to feel that the market for injured, light hitting, good defense outfielders is more in the 3-4m range, to be generous.

  4. redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

    If i was the mets i would go after sheet why his stock isnt all that high and they dont have to give up premium talent and its a 1 year deal. he is pitching good and hes the kind of guy they need to slot behind Santana and hopefully johan starting throwing the ball well

    • jwsox 5 years ago

      and moving back to the NL could help alot, he knows the batters better and the mets are a surprisingly good team and only going to get better with beltran

      • redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

        Exactly and with the addition to sheets they could be a suprising team with the philles kind of slumping this would be the time to pounce and see you can take over, and with beltran coming back they can only get better, and no im not a mets fan but its logic and i do follow the team

    • sacu 5 years ago

      I understand your logic but why would Beane trade him when his stock is the lowest? He can’t get too much worse…I hope.

      • ReverendBlack 5 years ago

        Because he won’t be able to trade him when it’s higher?

      • redsandyanksfan 5 years ago

        Get out of the way of anymore salary and i know they said there not worried about it but what if he complety goes down and beane gets nothing for him? and A’s arent going to go to the playoffs so i dont see why they would hold a commidity just cause he good with the young pitchers,

  5. does this officially mean the A’s are waving the white flag on the season? I know no one has been moved, yet.

    • sacu 5 years ago

      As an A’s fan, I sure hope so. Realistically, they may as well blow the team up now and get a good slot in next years draft. This team has no chance w/o one single power bat. Oh and Carter and Taylor are nowhere close to ready, unfortunately.

  6. johnsilver 5 years ago

    A healthy Crisp would like to see in Boston again, but not the one have seen the last 2 years, even at league minimum.

  7. I agree neither Taylor or Carter are ready. Like I have been telling all my friends, this next week and a half will sum up the rest of the season for the A’s.

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