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Roster Contruction, the A's, and big money
Posted 24 June 2014 - 01:26 PM
It talks about where the best teams recently (and WS champions for some time now) have built their rosters. The A's are taking a path few teams have taken, and almost none have won the WS with. There are a lot of numbers, and words, but the last few paragraphs sum up the thoughts.
Basically, the A's are not reliant on the draft at all (built through picking up DFA, trades, some FA, and other routes than the draft) for their current roster. Up until the last three years, WS champions have largely been built by FA. The A's are not, and that makes their recent success so interesting (to some).
Recommend the article.
What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you.
Posted 24 June 2014 - 01:54 PM
Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:42 PM
It is also a good place for young pitchers with a lot of "stuff". A lot of foul pops turn into outs in the Oakland park. The fairly large outfield and cool weather in the spring and fall, often means that the pitchers get away with flyball mistakes that would be homeruns in other parks.
So Beane has turned what is a problem, how to keep effective pitchers who rapidly get too expensive for him to keep, into a solution. He constantly trades effective pitchers who are getting expensive for young pitchers who have "stuff" but would likely struggle a bit in more hitter friendly parks.
If you look at the history of the Oakland franchise, you would see that despite having a number of good hitters over the years, there has been only one batting champion. On the other hand a number of home run champs played for Oakland. Many, many young pitchers have had a lot success for Oakland over the years. I think a lot of Beane's success is related to building a team to his home park.
Posted 24 June 2014 - 05:52 PM
How many World Series teams has Beane put together? Answer as many as Ryan has.
I really don't think their pitching will carry them through the playoffs . The pitching devils have already claimed enough of their pitchers this year. When the playoffs starts their starters will be near that 200 inning mark. Only Kazmir has pitched that much in a season. If they can do as Moses Malone said (fo, fo and fo sure), that may keep them from being dead armed.
Posted 29 June 2014 - 07:11 AM
Posted 29 June 2014 - 09:34 AM
The Twins go after the Draft, DFA, FA and such for their roster construction. The following players were DFA or minor league free agent pickups that I remember. Guerrier (the first time we got him), Burton, Florimon, Nunez (though we traded to ensure we got him), Fuld, Deduno, Fien
From the independent league we got Theilbar and Colabello
Rule 5 draft Pressly and Diamond
through the draft we have Perkins, Plouffe, Gibson, Dozier, Hicks, Deunsing, Parmelee, and Mauer
International signings include Polanco, Arcia, Sano, Rosario,(last 2 will be on the team soon enough) Danny Santana, and Pino (the first time we got him)
Trade: Escobar, Meyer and May (last 2 again will be soon enough)
Free Agent: Willingham, Nolasco, Corriea, Pelfry, Hughes
I feel like we are pretty diversified in how we build our team. We are really good at finding good relievers from others discarded trash in seeing 4 relievers came to us on minor league deals and 1 came from the independent leagues. The Twins are also getting good depth from DFA's and rule 5 draft.
International signings are starting to look like a real source of talent for us in the next year or 2 especially if Arcia can take that next step and find consistency.
And the draft and trades are looking to provide some of the impact talent we need to win provided the players turn out as expected. I think we are on the right track.
Edited by Brandon, 29 June 2014 - 09:37 AM.
Posted 29 June 2014 - 10:07 AM
Posted 29 June 2014 - 01:26 PM
It's great to use all avenues to build a team, but it's more important to use the avenues well. Getting elite talent regardless of the method is more important.