Despite some speculation that the Athletics may continue their rebuild by dealing valuable veterans this winter, a complete fire sale seems unlikely. According to comments from team president Billy Beane to Peter Gammons, the team is unlikely to trade starter Sonny Gray or outfielder Josh Reddick this winter.
Beane says "trading Gray is not something I think we could do. We have to put a representative product on the field, and continue to dream we get a ballpark. We should have good pitching, with Gray, Jarrod Parker, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn, Chris Bassitt, maybe Sean Manaea during the season. I just cannot see us trading Gray or (Josh) Reddick."
Gray, who is still under team control for four more seasons, was thought to be one of the most coveted trade pieces in all of baseball due to his youth and excellent performance in his first three seasons. The Red Sox and Yankees were thought to be among the teams with interest in trying to deal for him this offseason, but it appears Beane has his mind set on keeping the 25-year old.
Beane's comments on Reddick are a little more surprising, as the outfielder will be eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. He would have likely drawn interest from multiple teams who are looking for left-handed power but would not want to spend significantly on the free-agent market.