Beane On Stadium, Payroll, Draft, Trades, Free Agents

Athletics GM Billy Beane spoke to reporters after the Gio Gonzalez trade was made official earlier today. Here's a recap of the news…

  • "We’re putting a team together as if we’re going to have a new stadium," said Beane according to MLB.com's Jane Lee (on Twitter). "I don’t think we have any other choice."
  • Beane said that payroll will be reduced from last season because they're going to devote more money to the draft given all their high picks next year, says Joe Stiglich of The Bay Area News (Twitter links). Oakland currently holds the 11th, 34th, 45th, 54th, and 67th overall picks in 2012.
  • Trade and free agent talks continue according Lee and Stiglich (Twitter links). The duo say it's safe to assume that Andrew Bailey is among those being discussed, and the A's are likely seeking outfielders.


45 Responses to Beane On Stadium, Payroll, Draft, Trades, Free Agents Leave a Reply

  1. Oakland will be great in 2015! Watch out AL west! lol 

  2. Trent Norton 4 years ago

    Poor A’s fans. :(

  3. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    delete

  4. OaklandFan22 4 years ago

    Trade Bailey for a solid third base prospect beane!

    • As much as I would like the A’s to get Middlebrooks for Bailey, that probably would not happen. 

      • OaklandFan22 4 years ago

        how bout balfour and bailey that would work 2 solid relievers

    • BobMexico 4 years ago

      Would the As be interested in Juan Fransico from the Reds? A huge power bat is something Oakland has been lacking for a while now…

      • Snoochies8 4 years ago

        if his arbitration clock has already started, i don’t think beane would be too interested, not sure though

  5. That last point is total BS. Beane just showed with the Gio deal that he is going for most talent, not organizational needs. If a team offers Beane a top 50 prospect for Bailey, he’s going to take it no matter whether its a pitcher or not.

    Personally I hope Bailey brings back Middlebrooks from Boston. They have at least 3 other solid 3B prospects if you count Bogaerts, Cecchini & Coyle. Middlebrooks is a good prospect but Bailey makes the bullpen much better right now. You always make that deal if you are trying to win now. The Giants gave up Wheeler for 2 months of Beltran, it makes total sense Boston would give up Middlebrooks+ for several years of Bailey.

    • OaklandFan22 4 years ago

      haha i still can’t believe that sf deal for beltran that turned out to be terrible for SF

      • vtadave 4 years ago

        You didn’t see that turning out terrible the second it was made?

        • OaklandFan22 4 years ago

          well i thought the giants may have had a chance with beltran

        • bayareabeast 4 years ago

          i see you bought one of those crystal balls, how do they work again?

        • bayareabeast 4 years ago

          i see you bought one of those crystal balls, how do they work again?

    • slider32 4 years ago

      Bailey for Middlebrooks and Reddick makes sense to me. The Sox get their closer cheaper than Madson and the A’s get their 3b and OF prospects.

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      “They have at least 3 other solid 3B prospects if you count Bogaerts, Cecchini & Coyle.”

      They really have more than that. Vitek and Miles head played 3B before 2011, both are good prospects in the lower Sox system, Vitek the #1 pick in 2010 for them and Head has good power.

      Wouldn’t really bother me for the Sox to move Middlebrooks to get something they could use in an some area, but not for any reliever and no disrespect intended there.

  6. FacelessGeneralManager 4 years ago

    The A’s are going to be a NASTY team of 26 and unders soon!

  7. missyae 4 years ago

    Kalish, Middlebrooks and another AAA guy for Bailey and Suzuki

    • Snoochies8 4 years ago

      if you want suzuki, even with his value being so low, you’re gonna have to give up more than that, say, add in brentz or jacobs or lavarnway 

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        Catcher is another area Boston is not weak. I don’t see them moving Lavarnway, they just drafted swihart, already have Vazquez and still can count on Salty.

        it would be a repetition move of something they already have with Suzuki IMO.

      • johnsilver 4 years ago

        Catcher is another area Boston is not weak. I don’t see them moving Lavarnway, they just drafted swihart, already have Vazquez and still can count on Salty.

        it would be a repetition move of something they already have with Suzuki IMO.

    • OaklandFan22 4 years ago

      i would actually like that, kalish and middlebrooks would be solid additions to the A’s

      • Snoochies8 4 years ago

        we’d need more than that, someone like brandon jacobs or bryce brentz to make it worthwhile.

        kurt suzuki’s value isn’t very high right now, but is certainly isn’t low enough for that package

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      Keep Middlebrooks; drop Suzuki.

  8. bigpat 4 years ago

    So if they had a new stadium, he’d just put his AAA team on the field? Not the same strategy the Marlins are going with… 

    • Snoochies8 4 years ago

      the stadium wouldn’t be ready until around 2014/15, when most of the players he’s acquired will be starting to peak, then the offseason before the opening they might pull a marlins, but until then, yeah we’ll be fielding a AAA team

    • bayareabeast 4 years ago

      They’ll be like the marlins of this year..their owners have deep pockets but are reluctant to spend because of their crappy stadium. Once they get their stadium, the owners will spend.

    • bayareabeast 4 years ago

      They’ll be like the marlins of this year..their owners have deep pockets but are reluctant to spend because of their crappy stadium. Once they get their stadium, the owners will spend.

  9. Snoochies8 4 years ago

    Suzuki to the rays for tim beckham, chris archer, and drew vettleson? i have no idea what he could fetch but i just know that the rays need catching, and his value is low at the moment

  10. Ben Brown 4 years ago

    A’s are seeking outfielders, yet DFA’d Miller….hmmm.

    • Snoochies8 4 years ago

      outfielders that won’t K 170+ times in a season*** there, fixed

  11. i think the A’s are going to make a few more trades bailey and suzuki will more and likely be traded to the rays i have also heard the A’s are interested in seth smith from the rockies one of our favorit trade partners they are looking for pitching and smith is cheap and under control until 2015 probably use him till are young outfilders are ready then trade him but i would like to get josh reddick from the redsox but who knows we will have to wait and see

  12. Just a little addition to the thread, along with these young prospects that will be peaking when they open the stadium, ownership will be throwing money at FA that off season. It makes sense to finally spend bigger money then because you don’t have the crappy O.co anymore. 

  13. Just a little addition to the thread, along with these young prospects that will be peaking when they open the stadium, ownership will be throwing money at FA that off season. It makes sense to finally spend bigger money then because you don’t have the crappy O.co anymore. 

  14. VadaPinson 4 years ago

    Can someone with some objective reasons and know how….tell me why the Giants are so hell bent on not letting the A’s move to San Jose?   Are the Giants really going to lose that much money and or fans by them doing that?

    • Basically, they’re setting up expectations for when the team isn’t competitive in a couple of years (or next year) and they want to be able to blame the A’s and MLB for ruining their revenue stream.  

      They won’t lose much, if anything, by letting the A’s move to San Jose.  

      but, they will lose plenty of revenue if they can’t retain Lincecum and Cain and end up the 4th place team in the NL West again in 2014.  They just want to be able to blame it on someone other than Sabean’s inability to make a quality trade or retain top notch free agents.  

      And it’ll probably work out to at least get people to feel sorry for a billionaire owner who “loses money” on a 120M payroll in the 5th largest media market in the country.  

      • VadaPinson 4 years ago

        Good stuff.  I wish the A’s and MLB would just come out with a report showing how little it would affect them…..and have done with it.
        At least it will expose the owner,…..as you say it should for being unable to sustain himself in the 5th largest media market.

  15. They have 5 1st and 2nd round picks. They’ll be spending more than they have in a while.  There’s a cap, but it will be fairly high because of those picks.

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