Billy Beane: 'Future is Now' for Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND CA - DECEMBER 14: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane (R) looks on as Hideki Matsui (L) speaks during a press conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 14 2010 in Oakland California. The Oakland Athletics signed designated hitter Hideki Matsui to a one-year deal worth $4.25 million plus possible incentives for the 2011 season. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane isn’t ready to sell, according to a report from Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News.

"I don't think if something is within your grasp, you ignore it. When we made these trades, we made them with the (emphasis on) the long-term future. But if the future is now, you'd be a fool not to make that attempt."

The A’s most recent rebuilding effort wasn’t expected to bear fruit for another year or two, but the team sits just 2 ½ games back of the Baltimore Orioles for the second American League Wild Card. The team’s strength has been the pitching staff, which leads the AL with a 3.39 ERA.

Among the Oakland’s veterans who were rumored to be available include Bartolo Colon, Brandon McCarthy, Grant Balfour, and Kurt Suzuki. If the A’s decide to go for it, their change in July.

The A’s could even be buyers, as team co-owner Lew Wolff told Stiglich "If he (Beane) wanted to add somebody, it’s not a matter of money. It’s a matter of availability and his decision."

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