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    Oakland acquires Jim Johnson

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/acquire...6837--mlb.html

    Apparently Beane has decided to go against his own rule of not trading for proven closers.

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    Interesting deal. The A's must have soured on Weeks. I'm not sure who is the "winner" here.

    But it certainly puts in perspective what both Dozier and Perkins are worth right now, Dozier in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
    Interesting deal. The A's must have soured on Weeks. I'm not sure who is the "winner" here.

    But it certainly puts in perspective what both Dozier and Perkins are worth right now, Dozier in particular.
    Seems like a salary dump by Baltimore to me. Weeks one good season was the product of a very high BABIP. Johnson is going to be overpaid but is actually a talented player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notoriousgod71 View Post
    Apparently Beane has decided to go against his own rule of not trading for proven closers.
    No rule in Moneyball prohibits acquiring an "effective reliever" though. If they had soured on Weeks, particularly his defense, then converting an inadequate infield part into a productive bullpen piece sounds like a win to me.

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    Strange though that the A's of all teams are OK with paying a closer $10 million but couldn't find $13 million to spend on Tim Hudson. Doesn't seem like wise financial management for a team that seems to embrace their winning despite being near the bottom of the leagues payscale.

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    Isn't there a $20M windfall (TV revenue?) for each team starting this year? Maybe the As are approaching it as a chance to spend on an individual player or two, rather than spread it around more thinly. And Hudson for whatever reason (age?) wasn't to their liking for that expenditure.

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    I would have thought the A's would have gone with an internal option to close in either Cook or Doolittle.

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    Oakland also acquired a pretty solid reliever in Gregerson today, so probably part of a strategy that is a bit new to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
    Strange though that the A's of all teams are OK with paying a closer $10 million but couldn't find $13 million to spend on Tim Hudson. Doesn't seem like wise financial management for a team that seems to embrace their winning despite being near the bottom of the leagues payscale.
    I don't follow. they passed on Hudson but later signed Kazmir in his place. they also traded basically nothing they needed for 2 very good RP'ers on one year contracts. Individual RP'ers might be overrated but but a deep elite bullpen shortens the game considerably. And I think part of Beane's strategy has always seemed to pick up unwanted veterans on short contracts. edit - and spend his budgeted money. He always seems to spend the same amount of money.
    Last edited by kab21; 12-03-2013 at 05:27 PM.

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    It's pretty clear to me... The A's are filling in some areas for a serious run at it.

    They've been close... It looks like they are trying to get closer.
    A Skeleton walks into a bar and says... "Give me a beer... And a mop".

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