"Most of our serious conversations were with the Yankees," Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said in Oakland, California. "We're in last place, so we needed to do something. Sonny was a great player for us, but at this point we need a lot of great players. There's a talent deficit that exists right now, and the way to acquire multiple good players is to trade some of the good players you currently have."
"There's no question center field, short- and long-term, is a concern," Beane said. "It's an area we don't necessarily have an answer long-term or short-term for and in those cases whether it be center field or other positions, until we discover a long-term option we may try and be strategic in terms of how we fill that temporarily."