SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:OK, I'm going to burst everyone's bubble probably with this one, but I just don't understand the move from Beane's point of view. Mulder's got two years left on his deal in OAK and Billy Beane just does not trade away great players with that much still under contract. I really really really really hope I'm wrong but there seems to be something fishy going on here. I just don't know why OAK would trade away 2/3 of the big three in this fashion unless there is something wrong with Mulder either health wise or something else. Hudson I can see since he was up at the end of the year, but Mulder? I'm probably reading way too much into it, but I'm not going to be really comfortable with this deal until I see how Mulder looks. Sad I know Walt is a shrewd negotiator, but Beane is at least his equal and maybe his superior in pulling off deals like this.
I think it covers most of my feelings/concern about the deal. I don't necessarily think it was a bad deal if Mulder is indeed the Mulder of the first half of '04, but I just think there is something really screwy going on. Beane doesn't just have a firesale like this I don't think unless there is something wrong and he's cutting his losses before they burn him. Like I said I may not be giving Walt enough credit on this one, but I just something just doesn't add up. OK, now you can let me have it.