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Beane says the A's don't have to be sellers

The Sports Xchange

With the non-waiver trade deadline fast approaching, the A's are among the teams with players who are being scouted by contenders.

It's entirely possible, however, that Oakland general manager Billy Beane will not opt to move any of his pieces, even three outfielders -- Josh Willingham, David DeJesus and Coco Crisp -- who will be free agents after the season.

On Tuesday, Beane told the San Francisco Chronicle, "We've accepted calls on players, but we made it clear we're not going to give these guys away. We don't have any monetary issues, and we're not looking to dump payroll. If we did anything, it would have to help us significantly moving forward, not some team's prospect No. 37.

"In respect for Bob Melvin, we're not going to strip-mine things for two months for players of no consequence.

Willingham is the player most often mentioned in trade rumors, with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Atlanta all linked to him in various publications the past several weeks.

Willingham hit two homers in the A's 9-5 loss to the Twins on Friday, the 10th time he's done so in his career. He is batting /311 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 17 games since he came off the DL on July 7, and he leads Oakland in homers and RBIs.

Willingham told the Chronicle earlier in the week that he'd be interested in signing a long-term deal with Oakland.

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