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An Open Letter to Billy Beane

Dear Mr. Beane,

Let us preface this by saying that we love you.  We are fully aware that only your unique brand of general managineering has separated us from the Kansas City Royals for the last decade or so, and we are eternally grateful for it.  So we appreciate your work.  We admire your genius.  We want to believe in you.

So with that said, I hope you can take this question in the spirit with which it was intended: what the crap are you doing? Seriously, WHAT THE CRAP ARE YOU DOING??!!!  WHAT IN THE STEROID-RIDDLED MEMORY OF JOSE CANSECO ARE YOU TRYING TO DO??!!!

We understood the Haren thing.  We expected the Haren thing.  Even when we gave up one of the five best pitchers in the American League without getting a single Major League-ready player in return we understood.  We’re rebuilding, we said.  This is for the best, we said.

And let me let you in on a little secret – as much as we loved Marco Scutaro, and as much as we whined about you trading him for . . . whatever it was you traded him for . . . we all knew that he wasn’t really all that good.  So we accepted that too.

But the Swisher thing?  We don’t get it.  We just don’t get it.  Not only did we give up the best position player on our team without getting anybody Major League-ready in return, and not only was that player 27 years old with another four years left on his relatively-inexpensive contract, but in Nick Swisher we lost potentially one of the most marketable players in baseball.

(Continued at CurveBallCity)

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