Like I been trying to say all of you guys who keep saying Billy lost his mind bla bla............you guys are the idiots. He isnt playing Fantasy Baseball here, this is real life GM'ng, the A's have VERY LITTLE money only about 60 million to spend per season. This trade is good for this SEASON and long term.
I dont think Peter Gammons is very smart but he is CORRECT in this article on why the A's got a good deal
Now imo like I been saying Mulder is still an ACE even though he fell apart in septemeber which was due to fatigue. Zito while not a #1 starter is still a great #2, and Harden has the stuff to be the Staff ACE for right now. He was the A's BEST starter after the break last season.
I think Cruz and Blanton will be the #4 and #5 and when he is ready Meyer will come into the rotation and either Cruz or Blanton will go to the Pen.
The A's look like this
MR. Street (top prospect)
MR. Garcia (top prospect)
The A's lost this offseason
The A's missed the playoffs by 1 game last season WHY?
Tim Hudson missed MORE THEN 2 MONTHS of the SEASON.
Mark Mulder fell apart in september due to fatigue
Zito had the worst season of his career
The A's had NO closer until June when they traded for Dotel and thus blew game after game b/c the pen sucked
Eric Chavez missed 2 months with a broken hand
You guys fail to realise the A's are still contenders in the AL west, like they are every year.
Mulder and Chavez stay healthy
Zito bounces back
Dotel closing all year long
Harden pitching like he did in the 2nd half last season
Blanton and Cruz pitch even decent (they are capable of more)
Kendall an all star catcher
The a's are again ready to make a run in 2005.
Never question Billy Beanne, he does it every year.