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I find it interesting that the A’s, who have the best record in baseball, are adding two big-time pitchers to make the team even better, and the Giants, who are doing a fast fade, so far have done nothing.

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  1. Dr Feelgood

    We had a talk some time back about who is the better GM, Sabean or Beane.
    Sabean would make the desperate September move, praying that the addition, often-times banged up, could put the Giants over the top.
    Beane goes for the throat at the mid-point, sacrificing, in Giants lingo, the future. He’ll figure out a way to restock as he always has.
    Sabean deserves his due, he is better than most, but Beane operates at a much higher level. Beane is always looking for an angle, and generally finds it.
    Ask yourself; do the A’s EVER stand pat?

    July 5th, 2014 9:54 am

  2. Mike B

    The Goants have won 2 WS, the A’s haven’t made it Out of the 1st round, Beane was the one who needed to do something big to change their post-season. Beane hasn’t fared to well on the field when acquiring big name talent (Holiday)

    July 5th, 2014 10:35 am

  3. Steve the cat rescuer

    I remember another blog discussion previewing the As and Giants. At the time I posted that I didn’t think the Giants would be much, if at all, better than last year because Sabean didn’t address the most pressing needs. In essence he added Morse and Hudson, both coming off serious injuries and would add 5-7 wins at the most. The reason Sabean can’t or won’t make a meaningful trade is because he has nothing to offer except grossly inflated contracts and a bunch of minor league “prospects” that will either never reach the majors or flop when they do. Sabean could have traded Sandoval (who appears to be putting on pounds by the week) when he had some value. Now he’ll probably be forced to sign him to a big contract because: a) they don’t have any alternatives at third base and, b) he’s too important to the marketing department. Is there any other team that has committed more than one-third of its payroll to three pitchers and almost one-half if you include Vogelsong and Affeldt? Sabean deserves some credit for the Giants two World Series, but he’s guilty of handcuffing the team with very bad long-term contracts.

    Conclusion: the Dodgers will win the division by at least 10 games and the Giants will be lucky to finish ahead of the Padres.

    July 5th, 2014 10:58 am

  4. Ben

    You find it interesting, I find it infuriating. I guess that’s the difference between a journalist and a fan.

    To play devil’s advocate on the whole “Beane is an uber-genius” thing though…

    This isn’t a typical Beane move. Correct me if I’m wrong, but haven’t A’s fans seen a lot more of their big stars being shipped off for young prospects than vice versa, as is the case here?

    We’re also not talking apples to apples here. The A’s had a lot more in their farm system to barter with this year.

    July 5th, 2014 1:14 pm

  5. Mark M

    Who’s the better GM again?

    July 7th, 2014 7:02 am

  6. Brady

    The A’s also traded their top prospect, for Samardzija, who will be a free agent in 1.5 seasons, and Hammel, who is a not-very-good pitcher who happens to be having a decent year.

    I’d much rather the Giants keep their top prospects and make a run at Samardzija in free agency.

    July 7th, 2014 8:23 am

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