Found February 08, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
Say this for Athletics owner Lew Wolff: The man is loyal to his staff. Wolff told Bloomberg Television on Tuesday that he intends to keep general manager Billy Beane and president Michael Crowley with the organization through at least the 2019 season, or roughly five years after the projected move to San Jose. Beane has come under fire in recent years for the A’s seemingly perpetual rebuilding process. While the Giants won the World Series in 2010, fans across the bay have not seen playoff baseball since 2006, and the Athletics do not project to contend in 2012 or 2013, either. Beane has made his fair share of ill-advised trades in recent years—perhaps most notably the Matt Holliday deal that sent Carlos Gonzalez to the Rockies—and Oakland’s last few draft classes have left much to be desired. Then again, no GM is infallible, and Beane has done a rather impressive job of restocking what was a barren farm system this offseason. If Wolff’s mission for Beane was to put the pieces...
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