A’s Not Close To Moving Ben Sheets

The A’s are not in a hurry to trade Ben Sheets, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The club would listen to offers, but the A’s like having Sheets around and aren’t under pressure to shed payroll. The right-hander provides innings and leadership, so the A’s are content to keep him.

ESPN.com’s Buster Olney hears that the A’s aren’t involved in trade talks involving Sheets or others at the moment (Twitter link). Olney reports that rival teams are not convinced that Sheets can be a difference-maker.

Earlier today, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reported that the A’s would absorb salary in a trade for Sheets and were ready to deal the righthander. Just yesterday it appeared that interest in Sheets was picking up and the Phillies appeared to be a suitor. That momentum seems to have disappeared, but we can safely say that Sheets could be had and teams do have some interest.

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  1. The A’s have too many SPs, though. Keeping him makes no sense.

    • sacu 5 years ago

      Correct and more than half of said SP’s are good at breaking down.

  2. not_brooks 5 years ago

    Dallas Braden just came off the DL. Brett Anderson is still on it. Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez are in their second seasons. Vin Mazzaro is in his first.

    The A’s just took two of three from the Red Sox and jumped back over .500 and within seven games of the top of an open division

    At this point, it makes all the sense in the world to keep Sheets.

    Of course, that could change quickly over the next nine days.

  3. The A’s front office seems to have a pretty tight lid—a lot of their big deals never seem to leak at all beforehand. Conor Jackson was out of the blue, etc. So they’re probably in deep talks, they’re just very good at not letting the press know 😉

  4. dbreer23 5 years ago

    Sheets just hasn’t performed well enough (stats aside) to drum up much interest. If the A’s get back a B prospect for Sheets at this point, I’d be surprised and pleased. The prospect of offering arbitration at the end of the year doesn’t bode well either, as he won’t likely even qualify as a type-B FA, and he’d likely get a raise over the $10M he gets this year if he were to accept. Might have to swallow pride and just hold onto him for the rest of the season, though it’s best to keep running him out there – he could still be dealt up until Aug. 31, as I’m pretty sure that he would clear waivers.

  5. Sheet could be traded but the A’s need to get a power hitting outfielder or a 2b prospect for him.

    • dbreer23 5 years ago

      Even if they pick up the bill, I doubt they get anything that trendy back. Plus, what’s wrong with Weeks & Cardenas, other than the fact that they are still in the minor leagues?

    • sacu 5 years ago

      “Sheet could be traded but the A’s need to get a power hitting outfielder” So in other words they need to get Carlos Gonzalez back or, dare I say, Ethier?”or a 2b prospect for him”So they could just move Rosales over to 2nd and then get Brett Wallace back to man 3rd?Just another couple great moves by Billy.

      • Brett Wallace can’t play 3B. Milton Bradley helped them get to the 2006 ALCS, and Carlos Gonzalez has an OPS of .657 away from Coors, not to mention terrible plate discipline. Not defending the guy 100%, because of course he has made some bad deals, but people complaining about CarGon and Ethier is old.

  6. Wrek305 5 years ago

    Ben Sheets is staying in Oakland and leaving after the last game of the season.. Probably will go to another team.. not likely not many teams talked to him before Billy Beane got him

  7. Wrek305 5 years ago

    That’s hilarious Milton Bradley contributing for a team.. Wow.. Highly doubt that… your talking about a guys whose played for 10 teams in the last 11 yrs or so.. never played more then 120 games never played for one team more then one yr.

  8. I disagree about Ethier. The guys is a terrible fielder making him fairly overrated by the media, and Milton Bradley was a huge part of the 2006 playoff run. Sure, it ended in a loss in the ALCS, but they wouldn’t even have gotten that far without Bradley, not to mention he had 10 hits and 2 homers in the tigers series, but the A’s pitching fell apart.

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