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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

NOT SO MONEY BALL

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What happened to the A’s? What happened to Billy Beane? I don’t understand what is going on there at all. They traded away Nick Swisher and Dan Haren, arguably their 2 best players. Now I read where they are thinking of dealing Joe Blanton.

It was just 2006 when the A’s won 93 games. Maybe Billy Beane is a perpetual rebuilder. Why would you trade Swisher and Haren? And now possibly Blanton?

The A’s have good young players like Travis Buck, Daric Barton and Kurt Suzuki. Had they kept Haren and Swisher and added a few bats they could have contended. Plus, Rich Harden and Justin Duchscherer will be back.

Instead Beane is piling up the prospects and signing cheap vets like Emil Brown and Mike Sweeney, and retired players like Keith Foulke.

Maybe someone can explain it to me.

  • dhaab

    Come on, Matt. You know that a small market team can’t throw huge sums of money at anyone they want. The A’s were awful last year and they wouldn’t have been good this year either, especially with the constraints on their payroll. Beane is using the same model that the Marlins have used over the years. IMO, trading away top players for young, cheap talent is the way to go for a franchise like Oakland. The Marlins have won a few World Series doing things this way, so it has its merits. Besides, Haren’s value was never going to be any higher than it was this past season.
    BTW, none of those young A’s players you mentioned are really top of the line studs.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    The Marlins won a world series with Robb Nen, Gary Sheffield, Darren Daulton, Moises Alou, Kevin Brown, etc. 97 was a Veteran team.

    In 2003 they won with Juan Pierre, Pudge Rodriguez, Jeff Conine, Ugueth Urbina, Mike Lowell along with Beckett and Willis.

    Beane is divesting the A’s of any veteran talent. Before he had a nice mix of vets and youngins and had a good farm system. Now they are just in rebuilding mode. I would be mad if I was an A’s fan.

    They had an $80 million payroll last year, 16th in MLB.

  • dhaab

    And 80 million is about the highest that franchise can go. Therefore, they couldn’t take on any more talent/salaries.

    As for the Marlins championship years, they built those teams up over a 4 or 5 year period and then went for it. The following season, they purged themselves of ALL the bloated contracts and started over again.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Will the A’s get to 80 this year? Doubtful…

    And how do you know how high or low they can go?

  • dhaab

    Look at their market size and what kind of money other clubs in similar markets spend. It’s not rocket science.
    Not every team can throw money around like your beloved Cubs, my friend. ;)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    you mean it’s not rocket surgery. dumdum. =0)

  • Joe LoCascio

    ??? Its not brain surgery Zoner. Rocket science is correct.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    twas a joke, tyrone bigguns.

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