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GM: Billy Beane
Key Acquisitions: Yoenis Cespedes, Manny Ramirez, Bartolo Colon and Brad Peacock
Key Departures: Gio Gonzalez, Andrew Bailey and Trevor Cahill
Billy Beane may have landed Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, but he's taking a lot of heat from Oakland Athletics fans who were sorry to see Gio Gonzalez go to the Washington Nationals.
One angry A's fan commented on the ESPN article, saying:
"As a lifelong A's fan, this is getting tougher and tougher to support. Billy keeps wanting to go "younger" and not spend money, I get all that!! But as fans , we like to see "our" players, we enjoy them when they have personality, The mustache gang, Billy Ball, Bash Brothers, Carney, Rickey and Hendu!! C'mon Billy, its painful to see all these players leave via trade or free agents. Winning on the cheap was a mirage, thats not the reality. Please let our players develop and stay put! For goodness sakes Billy, I didnt realize Trevor and Gio were that old!!?"
Another commenter says:
"No matter how you spin this trade, and the trade of Trevor Cahill and now Andrew Bailey, you can understand the frustration of the Oakland A’s fans. It’s hard to keep rooting for a team that doesn’t contend year after year. And trading away reasonably priced solid starting pitching is hard to justify. In my opinion the A’s organization is trying to show Commissioner Bud Selig the worst possible scenario, where almost no fans show up in 2012, and MLB is forced to OK the A’s moving."
As far as Cespedes, this ESPN article detailing the complete details of Cespedes' contract with the A's resulted in mixed reactions from fans, with most of them being negative due to him never playing in the MLB before.
And then there's Manny Ramirez.
Ramirez, who signed for $500,000, will miss the first 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy for the second time.
So what do fans think of the lackadaisical Manny?
"Just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber you go and do something like this. AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF. Nice going A's. How does Manny stack up to Moneyball?"
"Billy Beane..."There are rich teams and there are poor teams, then there's fifty feet of crap, and then there's us.".......yes you have reached a new low."
"I heard Kenny Powers is playing for the A's as well."
Of course, like any MLB signing, there are fans out there who are happy with the deal.
But for the most part, fans appear to be extremely critical of Beane.