Snakes Gould wrote:the A's love to keep their expiring contracts and get the draft picks that are compensation at the end of the year. unless they can pry milledge or some young pitching from the dodgers or whoever, i doubt they'll trade him.....
In the past this has definitely been the case, but judging by the last two offseasons for the A's, I'm not so sure anymore. Beane will certaintly entertain offers and it would make plenty of sense for a team to try and trade for Zito for the playoff push, especially if they're one of the teams who will likely pursue him in the market next year, (Dodgers, Mets, Yankees, and Red Sox). All of them are in the playoff hunt and could use the push Zito would bring.
Also by having Zito, they get a head start to try and negotiate a contract with him. They may save money by signing him during that window before other teams get a crack at him.
It would have to be a favorable offer of course, as the A's are very much in the playoff hunt, but if one of those teams offers a young replacement for Zito and some offense, who knows... Beane won't actively pursue a Zito trade, but if something comes his way, you never know.