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Athletics GM Billy Beane: “What we thought we had to do was do something that wasn’t timid”

Billy Beane

Billy Beane

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Many were caught off guard by the big Josh Donaldson trade with the Blue Jays last night. This includes Donaldson’s former teammate, Josh Reddick, who was baffled at how the team could deal away the team’s best player over the past two seasons. Not too long after the trade was officially announced, Athletics general manager Billy Beane did his best to explain his rationale:

This almost sounds like someone who is focused on a rebuild, but does a rebuilding team give Billy Butler a three-year, $30 million contract? What Beane does next will be telling, but his strategy feels more like a “reshuffle” than a “rebuild.”

Here’s more of Beane’s conference call, courtesy of CSNBayArea.com:

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