OAKLAND -- When the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline comes and goes, it will likely do so without much noise from the A's. Listening to Oakland general manager Billy Beane on Friday, it sounds like Ben Sheets and Coco Crisp will still be members of the A's in August.
"Regardless of where we finish this year," Beane said, "I think it's important to build some momentum and I think that would require us to hold on to our guys. ... In a general sense, I don't expect us to be very active, because I'd like to keep the guys that are here around."
Beane also directly addressed the trade rumors surrounding Sheets, who has garnered the attention of several teams. Sheets, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the A's in the offseason, is 4-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 20 starts.
"I think he's been an important part on the field," Beane said. "I also think he's been very influential in the clubhouse with all these young guys. He's been a great addition personality-wise and I think he keeps the players loose; he's a competitor on the mound. I think it would behoove us to keep a guy like that around."
But Beane wouldn't go so far as to speculate on Sheets' contract status after the season, saying, "We'll get to that."