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Uh oh...

Author's note: I'm new here. This will be my first FanPost. I've been a regular at Niners Nation and McCovey Chronicles, but I live in Oakland and go to an Oakland middle school, so it's about time I joined this blog. Billy Beane is a genius, Oakland needs to spend more money, and we need a new stadium! That is all.


Man, the new GM of the Mariners really knows how to shape a team. Anytime you walk away from an offseason with Cliff Lee, resign your resident ace King Felix, resign the heart and soul of your clubhouse and a fan attraction/favorite in Ken Griffey, Jr., resign the best defensive outfielder in baseball (Franklin Gutierrez) to a 4 year deal, get rid of a clubhouse cancer and salary drain and otherwise useless Carlos Silva in exchange for a really talented but unpredictable Milton Bradley, sign Chone Figgins, the best infielder on the market, resign Erik Bedard to a one year deal to shore up the rotation, trade for singles specialist and defensive ace Casey Kotchman, bring back another defensive force in Jack Wilson, and pick up one of the most underrated 1st basemen/DHs in the league from the waiver wire (Ryan Garko), I think you've done a pretty good job. Let's see the starting lineup, shall we?

RF- Ichiro
3B- Chone Figgins
LF- Milton Bradley
2B- Jose Lopez
DH- Ken Griffey Jr.
CF- Franklin Gutierrez
1B- Casey Kotchman
SS- Jack Wilson
C- Josh Bard

SP- Felix Hernandez
SP- Cliff Lee
SP- Ian Snell
SP- Erik Bedard
SP- Ryan Rowland-Smith
CP- David Aardsma
SU Mark Lowe
SU Sean White
MR Shawn Kelley
MR Brandon League
LR Jason Vargas

Well, very impressive. Best defense in the league, top 5 pitching, and top 10 offense will almost certainly win the AL West, and a deep run in the playoffs, possibly even the World Series, suddenly doesn't look so hard anymore... for them. /Sigh. I guess Oakland will have to settle for 3rd place this year. A's in 2011!

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