reynolds80 wrote:Bas wrote:Guess Harden pushed them so far they went deep in the playoffs. Oh wait thats right they didnt make the playoffs. Without Mulder and Hudson the A's miss the playoffs and it wont even be close. If im wrong plz remind me in September.
What, you mean the team with the 2nd lowest payroll in baseball won't make the playoffs? Who is in charge of that team - he needs to be fired.
Haha, so true. Those ripping on Beane must be missing this critical point. In my opinion, both Beane and Terry Ryan do a fantastic job of doing so much with so little, a group that I'm slowly and optimistically adding our very own Doug Melvin to. There are so many misinterpretations of Moneyball out there that have caused undue scorn to head Beane's way. Bottom line, he's kept a team with a low payroll competitive and playoff worthy for years, like Ryan and the Twins. Additionally, he's done it in a tougher division than the Twins.
And I'd like to say, in my opinion, that Beane did well in these offseason trades. The Mulder trade was brilliant, getting Haren and Barton. Barton can flat out rake. The Hudson trade was not quite as good, but Meyer has a lot of upside. Heck, I think his only bad trade this offseason was sending us (Brewers) Nelson Cruz for Keith Ginter. Cruz is hitting real well (.987 OPS) in the pitching heavy Southern League, and Ginter is nothing special. But I'd say that's pretty minor.