"When you're talking about building a club for a stadium that's six years off, and if you're talking about locking them up, then you're looking to have to lock them up for a long time," he said. "So that's sort of the trick and the balance that we have to address this offseason, if we're going to embark on that."
"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."