CubsFan7724 wrote:Hendry gives a better chance of winning than Beane. Imagine, with Beane, you wouldnt have Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Wood, and the only good thing, Sosa. Hendrys teams have gotten further and have a better chance of winning than Beanes.
I am not a Beane-lover (which may be out of envy), but I dont hate him either. Even so, I have to disagree with your point here. Beane uses his current philosophy because he has to. I guaruntee that if A's ownership told him they could resign Mulder and Hudson, he would not have traded them. He only makes low-budget moves because he works with a low-budget. I believe that if he was in Chicago, working with a higher budget, he wouldnt make the same type of moves he makes in Oakland. He would, however, go after the same type of player (i.e. good obp hitters) as he does now. I would bet good money that, given a larger budget, Beane's teams could do some serious damage in the playoffs.
(TANGENT: part of the reason I think Beane's A's teams dont do so well in the playoffs is because of the turnover in the system. Few players in any give year have playoff experience, so the A's lack leadership and experience in the playoffs.)
Try this in your mind: put Hendry in low-budget Oakland, and see how he does. I would guess a lot worse than Beane. If he brings in the players you mentioned, he would have zero money left to spend on the rest of the team. Thats the dilemma Beane faces, and overcomes.