How All Of The A’s Hitters Were Acquired: 2014 Roster Tree Shows Incredible Beane Trading Record
How All Of The Athletics Hitters Were Acquired:
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Truthfully this blog took me forever to do the research for, simply because the A’s GM Billy Beane has been so proactive at the trading helm.
Yes, along the way he may have been burned by Colorado for Carlos Gonzalez, but in a the Dbacks deal still is paying off.
The Roster deals include several Oakland draft picks being flipped for current A’s.
Jaso was brought back in a 3 way deal from Washington, where the A’s sent the SP back to the team they traded Gio Gonzalez for.
The Boston theme doesn’t end there, former Boston Red Sox Draft Pick Brandon Moss, inked a Free Agent deal with the A’s prior to the 2012, when he career looked like it was headed nowhere.
Meanwhile, half way through this post, I realized I have named half of the pitchers for the Rotation Roster Tree as well.
The D’Backs also were fleeced in a few deals on the pitchers side, but that is a blog for another day, you can view the April post I did for that, but it has not been updated quite yet.
Beane might have lost out on Matt Holliday helping him with many assets, however it was the 2004 trade of Mulder – that has his team with several assets still in a roster tree way.
Holliday was gone at the end of the 2009 campaign. The team still has Shane Peterson at AAA, and he is raking at his best ever averages across the board at age 25.
Again, that Haren deal to Arizona is responsible for Jed Lowrie, Pomeranz, Fernando Rodriguez,
Of course Beane is still baseball best “Rounder”. He always acquires more assets – without surrendering as much, and is able to sell high on a lot of his guys before they lost value.
How you do this, is trading your veterans for multiple players in deals, and having them work out at a better rate ( and for longer periods) – than the guy you traded.
Oakland’s front office (not all of it is Beane), also has drafted well, claimed guys on waivers, signed Free Agents (MiLB, International and outright open market players) on several occasions that have fared out better with the team than other organizations.
Now that Cespedes is no longer there, every single player on offense was acquired after they started their career in another organization.
You don’t do that, and have the best record in the MLB since the start of 2012, without winning the majority of the maneuvers done.
Really, with the amount of the players departed since leaving Oakland, who has really burned the franchise?
Holliday has been a solid member of the Cards, but again, he was a pending Free Agent.
Huston Street has been an awesome reliever since leaving the squad, however he has carried a hefty price tag.
Carlos Gonzalez is a superstar, but he can’t stay on the field – despite playing elite ball. Plus remember that it was a 5 – 2 deal with Haren and A’s draft selection Connor Robertson jettisoned to Arizona for Gonzalez, Anderson, Carter, Cunningham and Eveland.
I will say I never agreed in the Carter/Lowrie deal, as the power hitting Astros 1B/OF slugger is a 30 HR a guy year, but the A’s were already loaded with Brandon Moss, and many other DH/1B/OF types.
Besides, a little secret to this, is that Houston had to make room on their depth chart, so they had to put Nate Freiman on Waivers, to create room for the incoming A’s players.
Beane maybe saw this, and claimed the 1B, knowing full well he had to stay on the MLB Roster for a full year, or be sent back to the Padres.
I fully think he outfoxed the Astros brass on that one. You might as well add Freiman to that transaction.
Whether Freiman can step up his game remains to be seen.
Speaking of 1B, the club still has Daric Barton in the Minors for the Mulder deal. The former LHP only won 22 games after leaving Oakland – and was paid handsomely.
The “Moneyball” GM also has traded away a bushel full of starters and relievers, to acquire hitters in return.
Hopefully the A’s will capitalize with a World Series so we can see Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill come back for a movie sequel.
With nearly 50 transactions a year since taking over, Beane will continue to monitor his organization depth chart board – with his brass, and look to help keep improving his team.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Derek Norris (2/14/89) C: December 23, 2011: Traded by the Washington Nationals with A.J. Cole (minors), Tommy Milone and Brad Peacock to the Oakland Athletics for Robert Gilliam (minors) and Gio Gonzalez.
John Jaso (9/19/83) C/1B/DH: January 16, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Seattle Mariners to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, A.J. Cole (minors) and Blake Treinen to the Washington Nationals. The Washington Nationals sent Mike Morse to the Seattle Mariners. The Oakland Athletics sent Ian Krol (March 20, 2013) to the Washington Nationals to complete the trade.
A.J. Cole (1/5/92) SP : Part of the original Deal and used to acquire Jaso.
Sam Fuld (11/20/81) OF: Is with the A’s for a 2nd time this year. He was claimed off of waiver By Minnt earlier in the year.
Jed Lowrie (4/17/84) 2B/SS: Lowrie is in the final year of his contract right now.
Fernando Rodriguez (6/18/84) RP: Is pitching with Sacramento in the AAA right now for the A’s system. Had a nice 6 game stretch in May with Oakland.
Chris Carter (12/18/86) DH/1B/OF; December 14, 2007: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks with Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith to the Oakland Athletics for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson.
Daric Barton (8/16/85) 1B: Is still with the franchise, even after all of these years and AB. and being down on the bench.
Drew Pomeranz (11/22/88) P: Is with Sacramento currently, but saw time as a SP and RP this year.
Chris Jensen (9/30/90) P: Has started all of 2014 with Midland (AA A’s affiliate).
Shane Peterson (2/11/88) OF/1B: Is with the AAA Sacramento club currently.
Kila Ka’aihue (3/29/84) 1B/DH November 3, 2012: Granted Free Agency.
Jake Sanchez (8/19/89) SP: Has been starting in A+ Stockton in 2015.
Eric Sogard (5/22/86) 2B: Is currently with the big team.
Scott Hairston (5/25/80) OF/PH/2B: July 5, 2009: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later, Craig Italiano (minors) and Ryan Webb. The Oakland Athletics sent Sean Gallagher (July 28, 2009) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.
Josh Donaldson (12/8/85) 3B: Has played great baseball for the A’s since start of 2013.
Luke Gregerson (5/14/84) RP: The bullpen reliever is Free Agent after the 2014 season.
Ross Wolf (10/18/82) P: October 12, 2010: Granted Free Agency.
Ronny Morla (5/19/88) P: Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2008 with the A’s.
Fabian Williamson (10/20/88) P: Dec. 11, 2010 Williamson was claimed by the Rangers off of waivers.
Chad Gaudin (3/24/83) SP: December 2, 2005: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later. The Oakland Athletics sent Dustin Majewski (minors) (December 8, 2005) to the Toronto Blue Jays to complete the trade.
Raul Alcantara (12/4/92) SP: Is a starter in Midland (AA) for the A’s organization.
Miles Head (5/2/91) 1B/3B/DH; Is a positional player for Midland this year of 2014.
Josh Lindblom (6/15/87) P: Lindblom has spent themajority of the year in Sacramento stretching out as a starter.
Kyle Blanks (9/11/86) OF/1B: May 15, 2014: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named later and Jake Goebbert. The Oakland Athletics sent Ronald Herrera (minors) (May 28, 2014) to the San Diego Padres to complete the trade.
Ronald Herrera (5/3/95) P; Signed as an International Free Agent in 2011.
Jon Lester (1/7/84) SP: Will be in Oakland til the end of the 2014 season
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