Phillies and Twins reportedly interested in Ben Sheets, but will the A's even trade him?

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Ben Sheets is signed to a one-year, $10 million contract and won’t bring back compensatory draft picks as a free agent because he missed all of last season, so with Oakland barely clinging to contention at 45-46 it would seemingly be a no-brainer for the A’s to trade him.
Despite that Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “Oakland has no desire to move Sheets.” Of course, she also adds that Sheets “remains a potential target for Philadelphia and Minnesota, among others” and speculates that he could become “more expendable” once Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden are healthy.
Sheets got off to a terrible start after missing last season following elbow surgery, but has a 3.72 ERA and 66/25 K/BB ratio in his last 82 innings. If the A’s can dump the remaining $5 million on his contract and/or get a decent prospect in return, they should definitely be looking to unload Sheets.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.