If you’re a player on the Oakland Athletics, you can never get too comfortable. Always looking to improve and re-tool his roster, especially if a player is due a raise, general manager Billy Beane is constantly exploring the trade market. That has lead to multiple teams inquiring about slugger Yoenis Cespedes, this according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:
The A’s position player most coveted by other clubs is Cespedes, but it’s tough to imagine that the team would trade the slugger after a down season unless overwhelmed by an offer that includes a big bat in return. This isn’t a team that’s looking to dump payroll – the A’s expect to contend again in 2014.
As Slusser somewhat suggests, just because teams are showing interest in Cespedes doesn’t mean the Athletics are open to moving him. Yes, Oakland is more prone to trading assets away if they know they’ll have a down season but the Athletics should again battle for a playoff spot and would struggle to do so without Cespedes.