wrveres wrote:Hatteberg was a first round pick way back in 1991. After 5 seasons in a somewhat succesful catcher platoon with Boston, Beane signed Hatteberg as a FA and moved him to 1B. How is that "discovered out of nowhere"? What is so great about Hatteberg anyways? Honestly?
Bradford was a closer in the minors and had a 1.09WHIP over 5 minor league seasons. I highly doubt he was "discovered out of nowhere". Besides, Bradford was traded to the A's for Miguel Olivo. Which player would you of rather had now, Olivio or Bradford? Heck, If he had kept Olivio, he wouldn't have needed Jason Kendall, and he might have then been able to keep a Mulder and/or Hudson.
Hatteberg, the year before Beane signed him, he had a ruptured nerve in his arm (or something serious wrong with it, I can't remember exactly). No other team wanted him. Beane wanted him because he took pitches, didn't strike out, and could be had dirt cheap (for a baseball player, anyway). Hatteberg had to move to first because he couldn't throw from a catcher's position anymore.
What's good about Hatteberg is that he's got undervalued talents (such as taking pitches) and doesn't have the overvalued talents (such as Gold Glove ability and speed), and therefore the A's could get him for less money than wanted.
Bradford was a very successful minor league pitcher with an odd delivery. I'm sure you've seen Bradford pitch, he pitched essentially the same way in the minors. When he was with the White Sox, his minor league numbers were dominant, but they didn't give him a chance in the majors in spite of that. They viewed Bradford as a trickster who would be easily figured out. Also, since Bradford's personality is much different than that of a "normal" major leaguer, the White Sox saw him as somebody who would never make it in the Majors.
Beane saw that, and was able to snatch Bradford for next to nothing from the Sox. He also picked Ray Durham for Jon Adkins, a reliever who's got a 95 fastball but not much else.
Olivo is a .233 hitter with an even worse .286 on-base percentage. He's barely decent in fantasy, and even worse in real major league baseball. I'd take most anyone over Olivo.