What's Making Me Talk: What's Billy Beane Cooking Up Now?
You know the baseball world kind of stops the day the World Series is over and it goes into hibernation.
For me, it kind of just punched me in the face, knocked me unconscious, and I took a little nap.
Then the ground shook, I woke up, and saw Billy Beane standing there at the control of a 500 pound wrecking ball.
Enough with the metaphors.
What the hell is Billy Beane up to now?!
Seriously folks, this man is like a mad scientist in his laboratory and he's mixing up a crazier formula then the last.
Because he feels like it!
I'm sorry, that was another poor analogy.
The Oakland Athletics have acquired Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies, in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, closer Huston Street, and starter Greg Smith.
Okay so, I understand that the Athletics weren't the last team on the list of possible Holliday destinations, but they certainly weren't the first.
I'm pretty convinced of why this deal went down and I don't even need to see it officially announced to understand why.
You see Billy Beane probably has this genius plot that came to him at some point. He thought to himself, "Gee, how can I compete, without actually competing, and also rebuild at the same time?"
Now, I'm not saying that's what Billy Beane actually said to himself. But man that's probably what I would if I were Billy Beane.
If I were Mark Shapiro, I'd probably just make an excel spreadsheet.
See what Billy Beane did was he went out and got himself the ultimate trade chip. He traded a closer who has been used, abused, and also replaced. Sure he did get rid of one his bright young talented outfielders, but is anyone going to lose any sleep over Greg Smith?
Matt Holliday can garner you five Greg Smiths.
If things don't work out to the point where the Oakland Athletics are contending near the trade deadline, they'll go out and get another Greg Smith, an even better Carlos Gonzalez, and probably a much greener Huston Street.
Billy Beane is effectively writing a new chapter of Moneyball.
Trade Player A for three big time prospects, trade two semi-proven players and one big time prospect for Player B, then trade Player B for three more super prospects.
Basically what Beane is potentially doing is getting more talent. It's something you would do on MLB: The Show when you are trying to rebuild the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Athletics got Smith and Gonzalez in exchange for Dan Haren. So when the dust settles, and the A's inevitably fall out of the race and trade Holliday, they'll have: Dana Eveland, Aaron Cunningham, Chris Carter, Brett Anderson, plus three more prospects.
Oh and he got a chance to contend for half of a season, and if it worked, hey that's cool.
From a Rockies' point of view, they could end up flipping Huston Street to a team that is in search of a closer, a brilliant move considering there are some team's out there in desperate need for a closer with not many free agent options out there.
They could also trade a prized youngster like Carlos Gonzalez for another larger haul.
Isn't that what's fun about the Hot Stove League though?
A legend passes away
Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Cleveland Indians' legendary broadcaster Herb Score.
For those of you that don't know, Score got off to a hot start way back when as a starting pitcher. He was a rookie of the year and then a 20 game winner.
Then he was hit by a line-drive and was never the same pitcher. Indians legend Bob Feller said Score could have been better than Sandy Koufax.
Score went on to broadcast Cleveland Indian games for 34 long years. Joe Tait joined Bruce Drennan on Drennan’s program on Tuesday, both worked with Score in the booth before. Tait put it best when he responded to 34 years of Indians’ baseball with, “That’s a lot of losing.”
He stepped away from the broadcast booth after Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, in which the Indians lost. The next year he was in a devastating car crash, and from what can be understood from the many people that knew him, Score was never the same person.
Tuesday, he passed away at 75 years old. Thanks for everything Herbie, and Indians' fans will never forget you did Indians' games longer than any other individual for one team.
I'm extremely nervous
See I'm taking this 2008 Cleveland Indians Offseason like I'm taking a Pittsburgh Steeler draft.
I've bashed picks like Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller and yes, Ben Roethlisberger.
Whoever the Indians get, and they better get someone, I don't care if I bash them, they better produce.
With my luck, I’ll praise them and they’ll suck.
Interesting deal pulled off by these two division foes.
It's not often you see teams that have to play each other more than fifteen times. But it happened and we've got Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham moving up north to Washington.
The Nationals really have a lot of outfielders now, hopefully three stick.
At least Florida is hanging onto key pieces like Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla.
Tiny Tim wins Big Award
I'm really happy to see Tim Lincecum win the National League Cy Young Award.
See Lincecum's win is a victory for the tiny people everywhere. All the League ERA leaders who've been edged out of a Cy Young victory by someone with more wins.
The beauty of the Cy Young is that it doesn't have that double-merit that the Most Valuable Player Award has. It is the pound-for-pound best pitcher in the league.
Tim Lincecum was probably the best from start to finish. Johan Santana was great and he really came on strong at the end to lead the NL in ERA, but how great is it to see a pitcher on a bad team win 18 games and lead the league in strikeouts?
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