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Billy Beane: 'Future is Now' for Oakland Athletics

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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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Should the A's be buyers or sellers?

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