First, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim made a big bet in the AL West, signing not only free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols, but also left-handed starter C.J. Wilson, the Opening Day starter last season for the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers.
Then the Rangers raised the ante, landing Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, amid speculation that they well could wind up signing Prince Fielder as well.
The Oakland A's?
They folded. And the 2012 season hasn't even begun.
The A's seem more concerned now with excuses than successes.
Yes, they are a small-budget operation, and their plight in Oakland is seemingly hopeless, which has them basing their future off the hope that commissioner Bud Selig can pull off some hocus pocus and force the San Francisco Giants to open the door to the San Jose area in an effort to salvage the A's franchise.
On the field? Well, these A's may be stars of screen and stage because of author Michael Lewis' man crush for A's general manager Bil...