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ICYMI: A’s GM Billy Beane may be up for a promotion


This is in case you missed it because, well, I did. I admit it. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser wrote on Friday,

“It’s also a strong bet that the A’s will follow the trend of other teams in recent years and promote Beane to a team-president-level title and assistant general manager David Forst to general manager this winter, with Beane still maintaining overall control of major baseball decisions.”

Beane became the A’s GM in late 1997. He’s guided the A’s to win the division six times, finish second in the division six times and taken them to the postseason eight time out of the 15 full seasons that have been played in this century. I’d say it’s time for a promotion. 

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Billy Beane. Getty Images.

He may not have the title of “general manager” anymore – if this promotion does in fact happen, it is still theoretical but it makes so much sense that there’s no reason not to believe it is going to happen – have no doubt that he will still be the one in charge and still be hands on with the team. He’ll just have Forst to back him up as the new general manager and Dan Kantrovitz will have the assistant general manager position to himself. 

Beane is focusing on the future and says that he will not be trading away the young talent he’s amassed over the past two years. Yes, he traded away Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and David Robertson but I don’t think that many realize how much he has gotten in return.

Kendall Graveman and the A’s number one prospect Franklin Barreto in the Josh Donaldson trade. 19-year-old Barreto is already tearing it up in High Class-A Stockton and while Graveman has struggled at times, he’s shown signs of brilliance just as much. Chris Bassitt has pitched very well and the A’s acquired him from the White Sox in the Jeff Samardzija trade. 

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Aaron Brooks. Getty Images.

More recently the A’s acquired Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks from the Kansas City Royals for Ben Zobrist and both have already proven their worth. Manaea is putting up high quality starts at Double-A Midland and Brooks has had two very stellar outings for Oakland. 

Slusser also notes that the team is looking to extend some contracts in the near future, like that of Sonny Gray who won’t be a free agent until 2020. They may wait a another year to extend him, extending pitchers too early can be risky, but it is in the future model to have him as the A’s ace, just as he is today.

To read more about the A’s prospects and what the team may look like in the future, as there are many of top prospects – quite a few strong power hitters too – that I haven’t mentioned here, check out my piece a few of my more recent pieces for Today’s Knuckleball