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Billy Beane wants to keep the band together

Oct 12, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

Billy Beane

A’s GM Billy Beane spoke to the media this afternoon. When asked about the plans for next year, Beane said something you don’t hear from him as he enters the offseason all that often: he wants to keep the team together.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Beane likes the group he has, and that includes potential free agents, such asĀ Brandon McCarthy, Jonny Gomes and possibly Stephen Drew, who is subject to a mutual option. That also includes Grant Balfour who has a team option which Beane called “a no-brainer.”

No word on Bartolo Colon, but I’m guessing he’s a no.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I don’t blame him. He’s in a damned if you do damned if you don’t situation. This team full of guys most fans outside of Oakland know little to nothing about probably overachieved this year and can’t possibly do it again next year. If Beane breaks it up though everyone will blame him for ruining what was a good team. If they stay together and don’t do as well he’ll take heat but it would have to be less

  2. natsattack - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Great names in baseball:
    Right field umpire for O’s game is named Fieldin Culberth.
    No kidding.

  3. jxegh - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    He looks just like Brad Pitt.

  4. jlovenotjlo - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Well this calls for a RAGEFEST

  5. alexo0 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    McCarthy is gone. Brandon will want love, but Beane will try and low ball him. He’ll end up taking his twitter account elsewhere.

  6. rmcd13 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    It was a wonderful and exciting year for the A’s. I had a ton of fun following them this year. But I don’t think the team as it currently stands can repeat next year. So many players had seasons above their previous talent levels.

    Bringing back a player like Gomes, who had the best season of his career at age 31 by platooning against lefties, is a waste of resources. They need upgrades at catcher and third base, and if they don’t resign Drew second base will be a black hole as well with Weeks regressing to replacement level this season.

    Factor in regression for Reddick, aging for Crisp, and the general unreliability of pitching, this team could finish below .500 next year. It’s tempting to want to keep this fun and amazing team together for next season, but the A’s need to get better, not maintain the status quo.

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