Athletic’s GM Billy Beane is getting lots of praise today for the hauls he’s apparently gotten for young pitchers Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez, two pitchers Beane hailed as the part of the sustainable winning run he predicted back in 2007 when he traded his team’s best players at the time; Nick Swisher and Dan Haren.
Now five years later, both players are gone and apparently the returns include a handful of players who were prominent on the top ten prospects lists for each team.
But I gotta tell you, we’ve seen this before from Beane and hopefully he fares much better than he did the last time he blew it all up and started over.
Dan Haren Trade
December 14, 2007 - A’s general manager Billy Beane deals ace right-hander Dan Haren, 26, to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a package of six D-Backs’ top prospects that included LHP Brett Anderson, LHP Dana Eveland, LHP Greg Smith, infielder Chris Carter and outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Aaron Cunningham. Four of the players Arizona gave...