Team GM Billy Beane had already filled most every possible need for the Oakland Athletics before the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings even started. One might think that he did very little during the week but he did. They were quiet mostly but the deals he made all had one thing in common. He got more back in the way of prospects with every trade he made this week and continued to build the A’s farm system.
At this point something like this isn’t that surprising for fans of the A’s. I’m sure there are disgruntled A’s fans just like everyone else but it must be very difficult to find fault with the team’s GM considering the budget he has to work with. Just the Brett Anderson deal was a success by itself. Anderson is young and struggling with a good bit of potential.
Beane knew his team didn’t need Anderson so he waited on a sensible return trade for him and got it from the Colorado Rockies. What it amounts to is that Beane and the Athletics received two prospects that were a lot like Anderson but younger, potentially better and of course there are two of them while he only gave up one.
That is the model that creates the team that finds a way to succeed every season in the American League West. Don’t be surprised at all when the A’s return to the top of the A.L. West again this coming 2014 regular season. Whether they win or not, they will as always have the best chance to win that they could ask for.