Ranking Oakland Athletics' General Manager Billy Beane's Best Trades

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Ranking Oakland Athletics' General Manager Billy Beane's Best Trades
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Beane and owner Lew Wolff hugged it out after the A's advanced to the 2006 ALCS.

Since becoming the Oakland Athletics' general manager in 1997, Billy Beane has made a career out of trading big names for young talent.

Beane tore up a potential dynasty in the early 2000s because of financial constraints, then brought the A's back into the playoffs in 2006 and 2012 with different rejects like Frank Thomas and Brandon Moss.

After his knack for finding hidden gems was chronicled in Michael Lewis' Moneyball, opposing teams picked up on some of Beane's strategies. Still, deep-pocketed contenders are often willing to sacrifice future stars for established contributors.

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