Billy Beane says this year has been productive

Posted By on May 25, 2009 1:58 pm

I’m paraphrasing here from a conversation I had with him this morning, more details of which are published at FanHouse.

“The most important thing we had to do this year was to start to develop the youngest rotation in the big leagues. I think some of those young guys are starting to show some progress and that’s ultimately where our future lies.”

By the way, don’t look for Vin Mazzaro to make his big league debut on Friday for the doubleheader at Texas, although there has been some speculation (even by me) that he would be up for that game. The A’s view that as a one-start assignment, so they probably don’t want to bring up a guy like Mazzaro and have to send him right back down. They also don’t have an open 40-man roster spot for Mazzaro right now. Believe it or not, they don’t even have any more guys to put on the 60-day DL to make a spot.

There are still a few days to go, though.

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3 Responses to “Billy Beane says this year has been productive”

  1. Oakland Sí says:

    Your article on Fanpost was interesting. I remember that Cabrera mentioned seeing the team as one that could contend as one reason he signed with the A’s.

    Do you believe that Beane saw a chance to contend in a potentially weak AL west when he traded for Holliday and later added Giambi, Nomar and Cabrera? Or did he think it was simply to get some more offense for his young pitchers, as he told you?

    I still think he had overly optimistic views on the health of Chavez and Duchscherer.

  2. Jeff Fletcher says:

    It’s FanHouse! :)

    I’m not sure Beane had a specific idea like “Now I’m building for 2009″ or “Now I’m building for 2010.” I think that in the cases of the four guys they acquired, he saw them all as relatively low-risk acquisitions that would certainly help, to some degree.

    (I say Holliday was low risk because the A’s apparently had decided they didn’t need Smith, Street or Gonzalez, and they knew they can either get back prospects or draft picks when he’s gone.)

  3. Oakland Sí says:

    sorry about the error on FanHouse…

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