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.


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45 Comments on "Beane On Stadium, Payroll, Draft, Trades, Free Agents"


3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

Sorry I meant San Jose A’s. 

JacksTigers
3 years 8 months ago

I think you meant San Juan Atleticos.

PileOfSandwich
3 years 8 months ago

I think you meant the Rivercats!

Trent Norton
3 years 8 months ago

I was going to say San Jose, but I wanted to be nice!

Trent Norton
3 years 8 months ago

Poor A’s fans. :(

Chioakcisco
3 years 8 months ago

It’s painful, man.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

delete

OaklandFan22
3 years 8 months ago

Trade Bailey for a solid third base prospect beane!

3 years 8 months ago

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

OaklandFan22
3 years 8 months ago

how bout balfour and bailey that would work 2 solid relievers

BobMexico
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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
3 years 8 months ago

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

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

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

OaklandFan22
3 years 8 months ago

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

bayareabeast
3 years 8 months ago

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

bayareabeast
3 years 8 months ago

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

slider32
3 years 8 months 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.

3 years 8 months ago

that would never happen

johnsilver
3 years 8 months 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.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 8 months ago

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

missyae
3 years 8 months ago

Kalish, Middlebrooks and another AAA guy for Bailey and Suzuki

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

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

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months ago

Keep Middlebrooks; drop Suzuki.

bigpat
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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
3 years 8 months 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.

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months 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

vtadave
3 years 8 months ago

Doubt he fetches even two of those guys.

Ben Brown
3 years 8 months ago

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

Snoochies8
3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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

3 years 8 months ago

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. 

3 years 8 months ago

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. 

VadaPinson
3 years 8 months 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?

3 years 8 months ago

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
3 years 8 months 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.

3 years 8 months ago

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.