With a 2-7 record and 4.95 ERA, Ben Sheets hasn't exactly been worth the $10 million the Athletics are paying for his services.
And yet, Oakland may not be interested in trading the right-hander. And if they do, it won't be financially motivated, says FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Sheets is not available unless an offer truly makes sense as the organization can absorb his $10 million deal without any difficulty. The fact he is proving to be a mentor for the squad's young pitchers is also factoring into the decision.
Rosenthal notes that even with this revelation, it doesn't mean the A's won't be sellers at the trade deadline. Coco Crisp, who was just activated off the disabled list and will finally get his season started after just three games at the big-league level. Crisp hit over .500 in his most recent rehab assignment and if he keeps it up, could be an intriguing option for teams seeking an outfielder. (Crisp was part of a discussion on Wednesday's fantasy baseball podcast , talking about the impact of the A's activating the center fielder.)
Like Sheets, however, it would take a compelling offer to move Crisp. The team has a $5.75 million option on the center fielder, and Rosenthal notes the figure can easily be fitted into the 2011 squad, where the team has a scant $39 million committed.
-- Evan Brunell
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