As a huge Oakland A's fan, this has been a rough week, as I watched our best player, Matt Holliday, get traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Of course, this is not the first time I have watched one of the A's best players get traded. Most of the time, these deals work out for the A's, Beane has a knack for getting very good prospects in exchange for his all stars. But it doesn't make watching the best players go any easier.
So with that, here is my all star team of sorts, of the best players Billy Beane has traded away from the Oakland A's. It is a mix of players who were great when they got traded, and players who were traded before becoming great... but if you could get them all on the field at the same time in their primes, it would be one hell of a team.
To make this list, a player must have played at least one game for the A's. This rules out players like Andre Ethier, Ryan Ludwick, or Angel Berroa, who were in the A's farm system before being traded by Beane, but never made it to the big leagues in Oakland.