It’s been said that if you ever deem a player untouchable as a general manager, you’re not doing your job.
It’s a sentiment I’d agree with (outside of maybe one or two players) as everybody has a price. That price of course could be extremely elevated, but you should always be willing to listen if a team contacts you.
That’s likely what took place for the Oakland Athletics when they were reportedly approached by the Arizona Diamondbacks who had their eyes set on powerful outfielder, Yoenis Cespedes. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal suggested the two sides had dialogue about a deal last week, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says Oakland was never really close to moving Cespedes:
#Athletics never came remotely close to dealing Cespedes, btw. Whenever his name comes up, it’s other teams asking, that’s extent of it.
In short, unless you want to send Oakland a (cheap) franchise talent in return, they’re not really going to listen, understandably.