Billy Beane


Billy Beane’s had a plan for the Athletics and it’s almost complete

People say “Moneyball” is dead. People say it worked once. Maybe that is true, but Billy Beane is not dead, nor is he done doing what he can to build Oakland a winning team. While those years of winning teams may still be a couple of seasons away, he’s been planning for them for sometime. Has he had to make some very — no, extremely — unpopular decisions in recent years? Sure he has. The biggest one is probably his decision to dismantle the core of the team after their second-half collapse in 2014. Most controversial was the trade of the […]

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The future A’s fans have been waiting for may finally be arriving

In recent years the Oakland A’s have almost become synonymous with trading away their star players for prospects. They’re always building towards the future. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst have made countless trades that sent all-star players to other teams in exchange for prospects. After the 2014 season the A’s brass traded away five of their seven 2014 all-stars. Most notably was the trade of third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for major league third baseman Brett Lawrie and three prospects; pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman and shortstop Franklin […]


Marcus Semien has become the A’s most untouchable player

In a recent article, ESPN’s David Schoenfield made a list of each team’s most untouchable player with the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaching. His criteria was pretty simple: “For the contenders,” Schoenfield wrote, “I considered prospects or young players who have been mentioned in rumors.” For teams not expected to contend, he he looked at which players on the current big league roster are the least likely to be dealt. The names for each of the non-contenders were fairly obvious, easy guesses if you were to quiz a casual baseball fan. Examples of these types of players include Best Player […]

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new stadium

Oakland has reality-based hope for the future 11

Despite stadium woes in Oakland, the commissioner has given people hope Some events from the past week may have pried open a very tiny crack in a very old and very stuck door, allowing a teeny tiny sliver of light to shine through as a glimmer of hope for fans of the Oakland Athletics. After 20 years of talking aimlessly about the team moving away or about getting a new stadium (one preferably NOT shared with a football team) there is finally a place to start that could potentially be in sight. It sounds far fetched doesn’t it? That fans […]


The A’s won’t be extending Reddick’s contract

Will the A’s extend Reddick’s contract? Not long ago, just as position players were starting to show up at their respective spring training camps, Josh Reddick gave the Oakland A’s a sort of ultimatum. He told them that he wouldn’t negotiate a new long-term contract during the season, which is not all that unusual. Many players don’t like to engage in any kind of contractual talks during the season, so as not to distract them from doing their jobs. While that was one of Reddick’s main points as well, his ultimatum came with a second caveat. He wanted his representation and […]

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A’s trade Donaldson but determined to keep Gray

A’s could trade Donaldson but need to keep Gray Remembering the first time Sonny Gray pitched for the A’s is a simple task. It was 2013 and the game was in Pittsburgh. He pitched 2.0 innings in the middle of July, allowing just one hit,no walks and striking out three batters. That day, I thought, “Wow. We really need to hold onto this kid.” Gray was just 23. By the time October came around I knew I’d been on the right track that day in July. He’s talented and the A’s needed to keep Gray. Gray started Games 2 and […]


Would the A’s actually trade Sean Doolittle?

New-look A’s bullpen built around, not to replace, Sean Doolittle In a recent article “13 log jams and possible solutions” MLB.com writer Phil Rogers tells us that the Oakland Athletics bullpen is over crowded with the recent additions of John Axford and Ryan Madson, who were both signed to multi-year deals with the club. His solution? Trading closer Sean Doolittle. It’s extremely unlikely that trading Doolittle is even a remote possibility, although you never really know with vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and his “understudy” GM David Forst at the helm of the team. Even still, the idea […]


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For A’s missing out on Kazmir will be a mistake 2

Not bringing  Kazmir back will be a mistake for A’s First the Cleveland Indians took a chance on Scott Kazmir, signing him to a minor league deal after he had been out of baseball for almost two full seasons. He pitched well and the Oakland Athletics then decided take a bigger chance on Kazmir, signing him to a two-year $22 million contract. Kazmir was an All-Star in 2014 for the third time in his career and, even though he struggled in the second half of 2015 season after being traded to the Houston Astros at the deadline, he still finished […]


A’s find own unique way of rebuilding

Why can’t the A’s just start over and begin rebuilding? Many people have questions about the moves that the Oakland Athletics have made in this and in offseasons past. It makes sense to question them.  Why don’t the A’s just tear everything down and rebuild? That would seem like the way to go. It’s worked out well for the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros who had quite a few poor seasons and are now powerhouses in their respective leagues. They stayed at the bottom to collect high draft picks and they waited for those prospects to develop and now we […]

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Zack Wheeler

Mets not shopping Wheeler is a disappointment

The New York Mets announced Sunday that they will not be shopping right-handed starter Zack Wheeler despite having a fearsome foursome in Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard.  Personally I was hoping they’d shop Wheeler back in July. Wheeler, 25,  is coming off of having had Tommy John surgery last summer and they ALMOST did. Remember Wilmer Flores crying on the field after he thought he’d been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers (giving him two reasons to cry – their record and leaving the Mets)? Well that was over Wheeler. The Brewers were prepared to send Carlos […]