“Moneyball” might clean up at Golden Globes, plus A’s trade updates and free agent news

The Golden Globe nominations are out, and “Moneyball” scored big across the board. Among the movie’s nominations: Best Picture, Drama; Brad Pitt (Best Actor, Drama); Jonah Hill (Best Supporting Actor); Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian (Best Screenplay). Could it be a foreshadowing of things to come at the Academy Awards? The Oscars are handed out Feb. 26. Here’s the full list of Golden Globes nominations

So big things could be in store for the A’s from the Hollywood angle. As for baseball? That’s shaping up as a much gloomier scene, based on the cornerstone players the A’s are likely to continue dealing. Cbssports.com’s Danny Knobler says the Reds are interested in Gio Gonzalez, and that the A’s want first baseman Yonder Alonso as part of any deal. That’s not surprising, considering the A’s needs at first base. Closer Andrew Bailey also remains a strong bet to be dealt.

And it’s open season for signing free agent A’s outfielders. Earlier today the Twins inked Josh Willingham to a three-year, $21 million contract. In this mlb.com video clip, the Cubs’ interest in Coco Crisp is discussed. Given the A’s outfield needs, I think they should be taking a harder look at re-signing Crisp. But they’re putting off any free agent pursuits as they await word on their stadium situation. The Dodgers also are reportedly interested in Crisp, a Los Angeles native.

–The A’s released their spring training schedule, which includes just 21 Cactus League games because of the team’s season-opening trip to Japan. The spring opener is March 2 against the Mariners at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The A’s and Giants play just once in Arizona — an A’s split-squad game March 17 in Scottsdale. Oakland’s Cactus League finale is March 21 against the Royals in Surprise, Ariz., and then the A’s fly to Tokyo to open the regular season against the Mariners in a two-game set March 28-29. They’ll return to exhibition play — a strange sequence, just as it was after their 2008 Japan trip — to play a March 31 exhibition against Triple-A Sacramento at Raley Field, and then follow up with the Bay Bridge series against the Giants on April 2-4. The A’s resume the regular season at home April 6 against Seattle.

Here’s the A’s full spring training schedule

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    Susan-Raiders sell out 7th straight game!..7-6=winning record=59,000 people. Slick Billy-try winning if you want fans. It works as a great marketing strategy!-lol!

  • Stan

    I heard Willingham on thegame. Well,he doesnt think Beane’s a liar?-hehe,Josh is in his 20’s and walking away for millions. Not a lot to hold a grudge over huh? And its no real concern for him to think deeper into Beane’s reasoning. “For the future”.
    A’s fans heard that every year since 2005. Kawakami bought into Beane’s plan,Susan Slusser calls every Beane move “magical”. Beane is in a world where former A’s dont care-so dont complain-and local writers are afraid of him,might not get that “insider ” info-lol if they refry the Beane man..and Beane then avoids the rest of the world with his pack of lies.

  • Stan

    A’s WINS draw 2.5 MILLION fans to Coloseum!!!..in 1992,pre Beane and his losing is the futureball.

  • Stan

    PROOF Beane is a fraud: Josh Willingham said that Beane told him last year the A’s would not offer him a contract. They didn’t,and then let Josh walk away!..Why wasn’t he traded last year??? Why did we get NOTHING for Josh ??? Beane is a liar and greedy hypocrite.