Well I think I know. It's a thought completely out of left field (pun intended). From the time the trade was made official I felt that 5 years down the road BB would be greatly criticized for this trade. Not from me, maybe not from a lot of you, but by most media types. Why?? Because I feel CarGon will flurish playing in the hitting friendly confines of Coors Field. Meanwhile Matt will struggle playing in the bay and the very pitching friendly confines in Oakland.
So, why do I think this was another brillant move by BB? We all know that Boras won't allow his playes to sign contracts until there current contract has expired right?? Well if Mr. Matt's production greatly decreases in the upcoming season like I think it might. Matt's value on the open market will also decrease thus making him affordable to the A's. I don't honestly don't believe BB traded 3 young players for 1 year use from Matt. BB is loading for a run, and 1 year from Matt does not fit in those plans.
BB will sign Furcal to a 4 year deal and then re sign Matt at the end of the 2009 season to a long term deal. While our young players continue to develop, especially being able to learn from a couple vets like Matt and Rafeal, the A's will be contenders every year for several years at least.