If there is one team that could entice Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane into leaving Oakland, it's probably the LA Angels, not the Chicago Cubs.
Beane practically would be going home; he is from San Diego. He finally would be joining a high-revenue franchise. Yet in Anaheim, he would face little of the outsized pressures that he would experience in an intense market such as New York, Boston or Chicago.
The Angels, following the abrupt resignation of Tony Reagins on Friday, suddenly need a general manager. The team has not yet indicated the type of GM it wants. Most in the industry perceived Reagins as a mere functionary for owner Arte Moreno and manager Mike Scioscia.
Beane, the Athletics' GM since 1998, would have no interest in such a subservient role -- his strong beliefs made him the subject of a book, and now a movie -- "Moneyball." He also is under contract through 2014, and holds a four percent ownership stake in the A's.
Still, it would be understandable if ...