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.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.