So here is the idea that I have been thinking about for a while. Beane is not great at moving players in season. Or should I say not good a dumping players. This premise is based on two different criteria. The first, is that the A's seem to wait too long to move players that the A's have little or no reason to keep long term. The second, is that most of the sell off deal get small value. I will say that I am a big Beane fan, it just seems that this is an issue.
I looked at mid season deal over the last 4 or 5 seasons, and most fall into two type of deals.
The A's need to dump some guy, and just getting the contract away is payment enough. Aug 31, 2011 Conor Jackson to the Reds Sox for Jason Rice, .....July 31, 2009 Orlando Cabrera to the Twins for Tyler Ladendorf, ......June 30 2011Mark Ellis for Bruce Billings and Eliezer Mesa ......July 16 2007 Jason Kendall to Cubs for Jerry Blevins and Rob Bowen. These deal all fall into the idea of "need to remove". The A's did get some players back, but likely the money was the important part. I do not take issue with these deals, in that, the players moved were unlikely to generate a draft pick and younger players were pushing the old ones out.
July 17 2008 Joe Blanton to Phillies for Matt Spencer, Adrian Cardenas and Josh Outman, July 31, 2011 Brad Ziegler to D-backs for Brandon Allen and Jordan Norberto......July 8, 2008 Chad Gaudin and Rich Harden to Cubs for Josh Donaldson, Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton and Eric Pattereson.....July 24 2009 Matt Holliday to Cards for Shane Peterson, Clayton Mortensen and Brett Wallace. These deals fall into that "we should get value back" type. At the time of the deals, I did not have too much issue, so I will not go into them. Aside to say that for the most part not great results.
So Rosenthal had today an artice about how the A's are in no hurry to trade players. With Colon getting hurt, does this make it 3 out of 4 years the A's had a starting pitcher that should have gotten them a return, only to have him get hurt. Sheets goes 20 starts into the season, only to crash into no value, Justin Duchscherer in 2008 goes 22 starts and is done. Will Colon be the same.
Why was Crip, Harden, Fuentes, Balfour and Matsui not moved last year? If someone was willing to take Conor Jackson, one would think you could sell off Crisp and Matsui! I understand that DeJesus and Willingham got picks, so I am fine with not dealing them. I think most of Athletics Nation would be much happier if Matsui had been traded for anything, and Carter got 100 AB in 2011.
Will this year be the same? With the change in free agent compinsation, there is less reason to keep a Colon, a McCarthy or a Gomes.
I was wondering what the general opinion of Athletic Nation was on this