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By David Keene
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Topic - Billy Beane
Oakland and Chicago announced the big trade on Saturday, with Samardzija and Hammel heading to the West Coast for a package of prospects that included the A's first-round selections in each of the past two drafts.
The Oakland Athletics acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers on Monday.
Bob Melvin has repeatedly described the comfort of managing right at home in the Bay Area _ and Billy Beane has described the comfort in having a winning, "modern-day" manager leading the Oakland Athletics.
After watching the YouTube promotional video of the five-tool outfielder with a sculpted body and freakish athleticism, the Oakland Athletics were eager to see Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes up close.
Manny Ramirez found a taker in Oakland _ at a bargain price.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has kept his eye on Gio Gonzalez for the last decade or so. Now, the left-hander is a member of Rizzo's starting rotation.
Ron Washington was on the coaching staff in Oakland when general manager Billy Beane was pioneering the Moneyball concept of building a major league team.
Baseball's regular season was supposed to end Wednesday, with the Oakland A's once again mired in mediocrity in the AL West. Not exactly the best time to glorify the concept of "Moneyball," but Hollywood waits for no team.
What does it take to win at major league baseball? Drive, passion, certainty, conviction, intuition, experience, talent, practice, money - they're all important. But in "Moneyball," it turns out that the key to winning games is mostly just math.
With his banged-up team mired in a nine-game losing streak and rampant speculation about the tenuous status of manager Bob Geren, general manager Billy Beane felt he had no other choice than to make a change at skipper.
The Oakland Athletics suddenly have a lineup that could make them a contender in the AL West _ if the oft-injured A's stay healthy, of course.
Outfielder Josh Willingham has been traded to the Oakland Athletics in a deal that sends two prospects to the Washington Nationals.
The Oakland Athletics failed to reach agreement on a contract with pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma during the allotted 30-day negotiating period that ended Monday, sending him back to his Japanese club.
David DeJesus has been on the Oakland Athletics' radar for a while now. They like his near-perfect defense, baserunning and consistent bat.
Even though his club is likely to miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane saw no reason to let manager Bob Geren's contract status linger.
"I don't think it's out of line to think that Kurt can be a 20-plus homer (guy) and he's probably going to be in the Gold Glove conversation as well," Beane said. "With a contract like this comes a certain amount of personal responsibility. Up to this point, Kurt's been a model citizen."
"Since the day Kurt got here, beyond being an outstanding player, he's been an outstanding leader and a quality guy off the field as well," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "He's the type of player you'd like to invest in. We actually started this process in the spring and started bringing up the idea. Sometimes it takes a little longer."