I love stories, and what the A’s did this year is one of the most amazing stories in baseball history. I haven’t written about the Oakland Athletics at all this year because I didn’t know what to say. I don’t know anybody on their team, I couldn’t take them seriously, and I didn’t know how they were winning. They seem like a rag-tag crew of pickings off the scrap heap. There was a reason I picked the A’s to lose 96 games.
It has been fun to take a closer look at what this team is made of and when you do, you see that this isn’t just a random group of low-budget leftovers but a carefully crafted team. Here is the laundry list of moves General Manager Billy Beane has made. To cut payroll, yes, but also to construct a surprising contender.
- Before the season the A’s traded their ace (and NL Cy Young candidate) Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals. In return they got pitcher Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris.
- Their next best pitcher, Trevor Cahill was traded to