Is Billy Beane Messing With Us?
I hate to keep plucking info from ESPN, but I can't ignore some good stuff from Peter Gammons's blog this morning. Gammons quotes Billy Beane as saying this about Barry Zito:
"I have not had one call on Barry, nor have I made any inquiring about interest."
I find it hard to believe that Omar Minaya and Jim Hendry didn't do so much as place a single phone call about Zito's availability. Were a dozen different sources misinformed about Zito trade rumors, or is Beane using Gammons to transmit a message? We know Beane rarely talks to reporters other than Gammons. The two have a quid pro quo type of relationship, according to Moneyball.
Gammons also mentions that MLB may already have a plan in place to contract four teams. In addition, the Joey Gathright for Scott Olsen trade is still under consideration. A no-brainer for the D-Rays in my opinion.