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Tommy Milone intentionally walks a batter—a purposeful tactic now in hopes of a positive outcome in the near future.
Pulling off a shocking, blockbuster trade at the deadline would have been a waste for the Oakland Athletics' long-term plans.
The team is built for the future.
The fact that they are winning now is fantastic. It's an unexpected bonus.
Obviously, they're a much better team than many expected. Still, they haven't even reached their full potential yet and likely won't for a few years.
Trading away hot prospects like Dan Straily or major league-ready youth such as Tom Milone sets the A's back at least a year or two.
For a big push, Oakland would have to go all in.
It's not worth it.
While the team is capable, it's still going to be very difficult to knock off the powerhouse teams come October.
And if the A's lose in the first round of playoffs, can't re-sign the big ticket trade-turned-free agent player and are two or three prospects lighter, it would be devastating to their chances in 2013 and 2014.
By not making a move, the A's remain realistic.
Winning now is awesome. The team legitimately has a chance.
But to overpay for a superstar who may or may not produce is not a gamble a small-market team like Oakland can afford to take.