Found July 18, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Thanks in part to the addition of the second Wild Card, the playoff picture in the American League is, at best cloudy, at worst completely and totally insane. Through games of July 17th, 10 of the 14 AL team are .500 or better and within two games of the final Wild Card spot.  That is going to make for a lot of tough decisions in those front offices as each GM makes their own respective decision on whether or not to go all-in at the deadline to try and nab that post-season berth. There might be no team that has a tougher call to make than the suddenly red hot Oakland Athletics.  With a meager payroll of just over $50 million and a roster full of youngsters and platoon players, the A's were not supposed to be in the playoff picture.  Heck, most predicted they would be contending for the worst record in the American League.  Yet here they stand a mere half game out. What ever is super-famous, Hollywood-glorified general manager with an itchy trade trigger fin...
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