Wednesday, March 12, 2008

'08 RAPs: Oakland Athletics

"Money-balling" GM Billy Beane was in full sell mode this off-season. He traded away both his best pitcher (Dan Haren) and posittion player (Nick Swisher) after realizing that his team has no chance of winning.
Here's the list of Beane's moves:
-Traded pitchers Dan Haren and Connor Robertson to the Oakland Athletics for pitchers Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland and Greg Smith, outfielders Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez and infielder Chris Carter.
-Acquired outfielder Ryan Sweeney and pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Fautino De Los Santos from the Chicago White Sox for outfielder Nick Swisher.
-Signed outfielder Emil Brown to a one-year contract.
-Signed first baseman Mike Sweeney to a minor league contract.
-Signed catcher Matt LeCroy to a minor league contract

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Joe Blanton
SP2: Rich Harden
SP3: Chad Gaudin
SP4: Justin Duchserer
SP5: Lenny DiNardo
CL: Huston Street
SUM: Keith Foulke

DH: Jack Cust/Mike Sweeney
C: Kurt Suzuki
1B: Dan Hohnson/Daric Barton/Mike Sweeney
2B: Mark Ellis
SS: Bobby Crosby
3B: Eric Chavez/Jack Hannahan
OF: Travis Buch/Emil Brown/Chris Denorfia/Carlos Gonzalez/Ryan Sweeney/Jack Cust

Easiest- The A's will trade Joe Blanton mid-season.
Boldest- Mike Sweeney will lead the West in OBP this season.
Team MVP/Best Season- Mike Sweeney (10-15 HRs, .320-.350 AVG, 400-450 ABs)
Best Pitcher/Breakout Player- Rich Harden (8-12 wins, sub-4.25 ERA)

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