For a team that has had success over the last ten years by losing marquee free agents and replacing them with the best value asset, the A's have gutted the team the last three years to build toward something.
Trading Dan Haren, Joe Blanton, Nick Swisher, Mark Kotsay, Marco Scutaro and Rich Harden has handicapped the big league club to play young players with little veteran depth. The big league club is struggling badly with injuries and coupled with the possible retirement of Eric Chavez, who has been nonexistent past few years.
From those trades the farm system has been stocked with notable additions Chris Carter, Brett Anderson, Adrian Cardenas, Josh Donaldson, Joey Devine and Josh Outman. In addition the A's were able to acquire Matt Holliday for Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith, and Huston Street.
They also acquired players like Jemile Weeks, Micheal Inoa, Grant Green, Rashuan Dixon and Max Stassi who all have the potential to be in Oakland early in the next decade. Beane and Co. have made it a priority to stockpile players to sustain a long run, you could call it the Billy the Marlin effect.
The Florida Marlins have a unique stretegy for building championship clubs that happens every six years. They build a solid winner, win a world series and a subsequent Charlie Finley style firesale. The Marlins ship is righting just in time for the six year itch to come into effect, 1997, 2003, 2009? The A's on the other hand haven't had a full on firesale since the 70's.
So now we come to the current Oakland Athletics, who have been playing some pretty brutal ball as of late. Coming off of a multi game win streak last month, the A's have been the second worst team next to the lowly Nationals since.
The upside is that the A's have Matt Holliday to trade or collect draft picks next year, among other tradeable assets. In addition, the Nationals are negotiating a $50 million contract for S.S. and if the A's were to get the #2 pick the Nationals might pass on another Boras client in Bryce Harper, whose is an offspring of Chuck Norris and Cleopatra according to legend.
Its good for the Giants who usualy have the worst record among Bay Area teams, to enjoy the spotlight with some lights out young pitching and animal the drummer hitting cleanup. I believe Holliday will be moved for someone significant, could be Brett Wallace from St Louis, but I hope it for a third base prospect. The future is bright, there is light at the end of the tunnel.