So, you can't figure out what Billy Beane is trying to do. That means he isn't confiding in you, and that's a good thing.
If you can't figure out what he's doing, the other GM's can't, either. That's a good thing.
If the A's are 26th in payroll spending while they are near-last in revenue, that's a good thing. Committing to ridiculous future expenditures while assuming ever-rising revenues is a stupid thing. In Vegas, it is known as "betting on the come," the sucker's strategy. Just think if you were a Mets fan, or a Dodgers fan, or a Mariners fan, or a Cubs fan, or...name 20 other teams.
If the A's occasionally veer off-course in their rebuilding (2009) in an effort to be competitve, all while stockpiling big-time right-handed "wap-a-pap" hitting talent, that's a good thing.
Being an A's fan is a good, constantly entertaining, thing. Grazie, Billy.