ramble2 wrote:I have a question for the Beane detractors. What would it take to convince you that Beane knows what he's doing? How many wins do the A's need this year? What about over the next 5 years?
Beane has stated in interviews that part of his reasoning for the trades is that he doesn't want the team slipping into a 5-year rebuilding process. He was around for the lean years in the late 90's, and doesn't want to see that again. His hope is that in making the offseason trades that he did, the A's will continue to be competitive over the next 5 years. What about this year? Well, I think the A's will surprise some people - they certainly won't just be deep cellar dwellers all year long ...
I didn't really mean that Beane DOESN'T know what he's doing as much as that most of the GMs also know what they are doing and would have equally colorful stories were we allowed access to their (formerly?) smoke-filled rooms/ servers/ lists of players who don't look like underwear models.
I do think that the AL West should be one of the more interesting divisions this year, with pretty much all of the teams tossing money and or other assets around the way they did in the off season.