Cornbread Maxwell wrote:I just think that saying the A's had the worst offseason is shortsighted. Maybe they will end up being terrible trades - but then again, maybe they just ripped off a couple teams. Its way to early to tell.
Agreed. I just don't get some people being down on the A's. To me, the Kendall trade was THE best trade so far this offseason. He's getting paid about $32 mil over the next three years. The A's only have to shell out about $6 mil the first two years (total!), and then the Pirates are still kicking in $5.5 mil in the third year. They're getting an All-Star catcher with a .309 career BA (.319 last year) at a steep discount. That was awesome. What was the alternative? Pay Damian Miller $10 mil/yr to resign?
(Shame on me for not looking up all the numbers but I'm pretty close, I'm sure)
The pitching changes, feh, the jury is still out since the youngsters will need to develop but you can't deny they have potential. They get offensive help from guys to boot (Meyer is costing mere peanuts on his minor league contract). Kiko is an upgrade from Rhodes, how can that not be good?
The kicker is I haven't really like all Beane's deals and I have to admit this year has been nothing to complain about.