Everyone was expecting big things out of Yoenis Cespedes this season. After battling minor maladies in the first half of the season, Cespedes has really cashed in for the Athletics after the All-Star break, hitting with a whopping .402 BA and a .455 OBP. He's helped lead the bargain-basement Athletics back to playoff contention and appears to be getting better as the season rolls along.
But A's GM Billy Beane is notorious for his wheeling and dealing ways, making no payer safe on the roster, even a star like Cespedes. Cespedes is under contract for the next four years, but that likely won't keep Beane from exploring what value he could get in return for the Cuban defector (or anyone on the roster).
However, with the A's returning as a playoff contender with a young roster and huge upside, dealing Cespedes at this time would be inherently foolish. Here's a few reasons why.