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To buy or to sell? A's always seem to have answer

Posted on: July 8, 2008 7:58 pm
 

You're not supposed to be able to play for today AND tomorrow. It doesn't work that way.

You're supposed to have to pick. Go for it now, as the Brewers are doing. Pack it in and play for the future, a la the Indians.

But what about the A's? They just traded Rich Harden to the Cubs, but history (and the American League standings) tell us that they're not the Indians.

So does that mean they're nuts, dealing away a sometimes dominating pitcher (2.02 ERA over his last 10 starts) at a point where they're six games out in the American League West and 3 1/2 games back in the AL wild-card race?

No more so than when they dealt away Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder 3 1/2 years ago. No more so than when they traded away Dan Haren and Nick Swisher last winter.

At first glance, the A's take for Harden doesn't seem that great. Sean Gallagher, the guy they're calling the key to the deal, was ranked by Baseball America as the Cubs' fifth-best prospect entering the season. His numbers so far don't suggest that he's Harden.

But the A's were supposed to be taking a step down (at least for today) when they traded Haren last winter for a group that included Dana Eveland and Greg Smith (both already doing well in the Oakland rotation). They were supposed to be taking a step back when they traded Mulder for Haren back in December 2004.

They keep trading guys away (and perhaps Bobby Crosby will be next, once he gets healthy). They stay competitive.

They play for the future, as general manager Billy Beane says they're doing with today's deal. They do it without giving up on the present.

You're not supposed to be able to do it this way. But maybe the A's can.

They've done it before.

Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:23 am
 

To buy or to sell? A's always seem to have answer




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:49 pm
 

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:20 pm
 

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Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2008 3:27 am
 

To buy or to sell? A's always seem to have answer

Billy Beane has done it time and time again. No need to doubt him now, or is he just sandbagging for when Cisco field opens.



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2008 10:49 pm
 

To buy or to sell? A's always seem to have answer

It isn't to buy or sell Bean operates on a statistical model which has proven to work over many years in small market Oakland. Bean rarely gets the short end of a deal.  

The man simply understands that baseball is a game a stats and that is why he always has




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2008 1:34 pm
 

To buy or to sell? A's always seem to have answer




Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2008 5:27 pm
 

To buy or to sell? A's always seem to have answer

as soon as Harden hurts himself again...he'll be as worthless to try to trade as Prior was for the Cubs.

if he doesn't hurt himself...there's no way the A's re-sign him.

no one is saying Beane's past guarantees a good outcome...

what I am saying is that the people who say this was a bad deal are the same ones who said letting go Mulder, Zito, Swisher, etc.

was Billy Beane "giving In" or "rolling up the tents" ...It wasn't true then, or now.

remember...the Huddy/Mulder deals...along with other Beane magic put Oakland in the ALCS within a few years of Beane "selling out".

So, what A's fans who pay attention are saying is " you prove your ignorance when you open your mouth...so why not keep it shut?'

and the A's will win again before the Cubs ever do.



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