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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 10:01 pm:

Bob Padecky's column is worth a read.

"Schott doesn't have to routinely embarrass himself by trotting out something that smacks of a minor league baseball promotion 'Come see tomorrow's stars today!'

Instead, Schott can say, 'Come See What a Nickel Can Buy!' and with Tim Hudson that nickel bought a lot."

"I can't say we're better now than we were at the end of last season," Beane said Thursday. "But '06 we possibly will be." How's that for a jumpstart for the 2005 season?"

Damn. I still can't get the PDs urls to work. go to pressdemocrat.com
then scroll down to sports columnists then scroll down to the above subject title. Hopefully that'll work.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By diamond_lil on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 10:45 pm:

Yeah, I noticed that Beane has practically stated he doesn't expect the A's to be contenders in 2005. Maybe he is just trying to lower expectations on purpose but I think he feels 05 will be a step back and a rebuilding year.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By okplayer on Friday, December 17, 2004 - 11:44 pm:

BB's notorious for lowering expecations so he can exceed them...it makes him look even smarter...it's sandbagging 101.

last year we were 1 game out of the playoffs. our god-awful bulle killed us. I feel like this year's bulle will be so much better than last year's that it will off-set the departure of huddy. Other than Huddy, I feel we'll be better in all other areas. now one must factor in our division rivals getting better...that's a tough one. but I'm not convinced we're not going to contend we have these proven players: Chavvy, Kendall, Rubi, Crosby, Kotsay, Zito, and Mulder. Plus a slew of up and commers. What worries me the most is curt young's ability to maximize his pitchers' potential.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 08:53 am:

Well, it's likely a good thing you didn't include Byrnes' name on that list okp. Let's at least hope that Ruby's will be on it. We'll know by Monday, if not before.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By rocket on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 10:00 am:

Slusser's article inidcates that Bradford is
the likely player to be non-tendered. Byrnes
traded?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/12/18/SPGCTAE35C1.DTL

A's general manager Billy Beane will likely trim more salary before the season starts, maybe by trading someone due a big bump in arbitration, such as outfielder Eric Byrnes, or perhaps by nontendering arbitration-eligible pitcher Chad Bradford.

How low does Beane have to take the payroll?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 12:39 pm:

I've said all along that Bradford would be non-tendered, if not traded. But my read is Beane will be cutting more than his salary ... perhaps considerably more.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By yc2578 on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 03:18 pm:

I wouldn't view Bradford being non-tendered as cost cutting as he isn't going to be able to ask for much. I'd view it as a mediocre right hand specialist who has become expendable with the addition of Juan Cruz.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By oaktowngreen on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 04:45 pm:

I am bummed that Huddy is gone but this team IS shaping up to be a damn good team and we will be in the playoff hunt come September. Our bullpen will be much better now that we'll start the season with Dotel. I expect Street to set up and think that'll work out great! We upgraded at 2nd and catcher...Crosby has experience and will come close to hitting 30 bombs. 2005 is going to be awesome. I think 95 wins. MVP and allstars are great but nothing beats a team with chemistry and the will to win. Go Oakland!!!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By jenmed on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 05:36 pm:

Yeah, it will really be a great year with 2 of our top pitchers gone.

WTF is going on with this team?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By bigthree17 on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 06:31 pm:

Why the f*** did we even go out and get Kendall? Sure, we dumped Rhodes and Redman's contracts, but what kind of lies did we tell Kendall? Our credibility as a franchise is done.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By deajay on Saturday, December 18, 2004 - 08:50 pm:

And into that mix, wasn't Chavez also told that they would be getting some kind of stud to follow him in the order? Not to mention remaining competitive.

As for the Kendall deal, I was leery from start at Schott willing to do the deal, especially with Huddy's FA looming. Little did I know. I can't figure that one out either.


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