My name is Beane, see, it rhymes with mean
I set the serpentine scene for the gold'n green
Can you feel me? Does it appeal, G?
You got a 3B or 5th starter
you would like to deal me?
Ain't a joke, son
You wanna smoke some?
from San Leandro to Oakland
I came to get down
I move my people around
as I try to reach postseason
with the team from The Town
My fellow GMs are twitching
what might be next got 'em itching
but this is MLB
and it is all about the pitching
Anyone hip-hop-challenged or tone deaf enough to still be reading this will no doubt be intrigued to learn that Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Athletics -- in an apparent attempt to go to Spring Training with a roster made up entirely of relief pitchers -- have added to Friday's signing of Grant Balfour with the acquisition of LHP Brian Fuentes. SI says it's two years and $10.5 million... can a trade of excess relievers plus prospects be brewing or will Fuentes platoon with Kevin Kouzmanoff at third? These are the questions that try men's souls... and make Paul Thomas want to make Puppy Smoothies in his sabermetrically-powered Cuisinart.
...so we'll have to wait and see what happens in the run-up to pitchers and catchers reporting in a mere four weeks from now. That is, unless he stands pat until then, in which case the A's pitchers and pitchers will report.
At the very least, this offseason should serve to dispel the myth that no player in his right mind would ever dare want to play in Oakland, as we've heard Mr. Godzilla-san profess that this was his first choice (OK, the Mitchell Brothers had something to do with it, but still) and now we've added two pretty good FA relievers on either side of the weekend here. These signings, plus the arby-avoiding 1-year deal with Brad Ziegler reached on Saturday, give me this unscratchable itch in my bones that BB is not done yet and there's some reason for the season in terms of why he's added who he's added thusfar. But like I said, we will just have to stay tuned to find out what that is...
Wright, discuss and play nice and when all this (and anything else) becomes official -- Balfour must pass a physical today and I'd imagine so will Fuentes... and then there's the matter of rewiring Bob Geren's circuitry so he never ever ever ever brings BF into a close game to face a right-handed hitter -- you'll be the first to know.