Originally posted by AllTimeGreat:
It's not like we broke the bank for him either. Scouts consider him one of the most talented players to come out of Cuba ever. I think it's a good move. Whether the earlier trades are remains to be seen.
its a pointless move though. you clearly arent going to compete for the division in the next 2 years, and by year 3 even if youre much improved, Beane will have likely already dealt him for more prospects.
Beane always has some ulterior motive for stuff like this. obviously its not simply about improving the team, because he kind of told everyone what he thinks of competing this year by trading Gonzalez, Cahill, and Bailey. He pulled the same thing when they got Matt Holliday. he has no intentions of keeping him as an A's star hitter. he just wants to trade him when his stock is up.
They likely see him as a valuable trade chip. He came at a relatively cheap price compared to his upside. now they will just wait until he shows hes legit, and send him off to the highest bidder for a prospect package. Same reason why they were looking at signing Manny Ramirez. he comes cheap, he serves his suspension, he plays well after coming back, and they trade him off before the deadline to a team who bought into the hype.
Beane is a great strategist, but its like thats what he enjoys, and never stops doing it. Its great if you then stick with what you got out of the trade, but hes always moving on to the next batch of prospects. the A's are never going to be a consistent winner if the team continues to be a turn style.