Hindsight can be unfair, but when evaluating Beane's many TRADES the past couple years it's hard to ignore the roster mis-management. Let's erase his trades going back to Eithier for Bradley. I might miss a couple.
Outfield/dh could include: Eithier, Swisher, Buck, Cust, Kotsay
Pitching staff would include: Haren, Harden, Blanton, Cahill, Mazzarro, Braden, Street, Duscher. Plenty of pitching talent to fill holes as needed in infield with good trades for major league-ready players.
Problem I have is A's not trying to win now and making poor choices (Weeks over Wallace?). Trading 24-year-olds for 20-year-olds for that Fremont Park? Oops. I'd rather have Haren, Harden, Swisher, Eithier, Street than Sweeney, Gio, 1 year of Holliday, all those minor leaguers that may or may not make it.
Welcome to Pittsburg Pirates of the West -- only with worse talent evaluation.