Decision time is near 

March, 18, 2010
3/18/10
8:04
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After watching Ben Sheets get pounded by the Cincinnati Reds the other day, Oakland GM Billy Beane began fashioning an answer for reporters who might ask about Sheets' ugly line. Beane decided right away that he was not going to offer the timeworn mantra of "Hey, it's only spring training."

Sure, the numbers won't count for a while. But at some stage of March, as Beane said the other day, "it's time to start getting some outs."

This time in spring training, with about 2.5 weeks to go, seems to be about the time when spring training performance begins to harden evaluations and affect planning.