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Leftover thoughts as A’s trade Gio Gonzalez to Nationals

Two weeks to the day after the A’s traded Trevor Cahill to the Arizona Diamondbacks, they dealt Gio Gonzalez to the Washington Nationals. What does that mean for closer Andrew Bailey? Something tells me it won’t take him two more weeks to be traded. Here’s a few tidbits from today’s news about the Gonzalez trade. Some of it’s in my story for tomorrow, some isn’t …

–Late on Friday the A’s announced that outfielder Jai Miller and backup catcher Landon Powell were designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for some of the players obtained in the Gonzalez deal. Miller shocked me more than Powell, just because Miller seemed to be squarely in the plans for this season’s outfield. But this also signals that the A’s plan to sign a free agent outfielder, in my opinion. GM Billy Beane said Friday that the team has been in talks with free agents, and during the winter meetings, he identified center field as a particular area where additions were needed. Collin Cowgill, obtained in the Cahill trade, will get a crack in center, but he hardly has the credentials to just be handed the job.

Powell signed a one-year contract with the A’s earlier this month, but Josh Donaldson and Anthony Recker also wait in the wings as potential backups to Kurt Suzuki. Remember: When a player gets designated for assignment, teams have 10 days to trade them, release them or send them to the minors (provided the player doesn’t get claimed by another team on waivers.) Powell said he’s hopeful of a trade. Beane said he hopes both players clear waivers and that they remain with Oakland. Both Powell and Miller are really solid dudes, the kind of guys you root for.

–I caught Gio Gonzalez on the phone after he’d finished taking his physical in Washington D.C. He had gotten a chance to talk with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and was impressed with Rizzo’s enthusiasm. Gonzalez also likes the Nationals’ chances to compete this season, though he was surprised they wound up trading for him. “I thought it was between Toronto, the Tigers and Boston,” he said. “I didn’t think in my wildest dreams the Nationals would be the main one. It was like ‘Whoa, where did you guys come out of?’”

–Beane says the A’s have simply been targeting the best overall prospects available in potential trades, but you’ll notice how pitching-heavy their returns were for Cahill and Gonzalez. I’d expect them to target hitters as they explore trading Bailey. Beane acknowledged that outfielders have come up in recent trade talk.

–The A’s are very encouraged with how Dallas Braden is progressing in his recovery from shoulder surgery. But it’s best not to get too excited about December updates on any pitcher coming off a long-term injury and rehab. Braden is crucial for the A’s rotation this season, and I still wouldn’t be surprised if he requires a few minor league starts in April to knock off some rust.

–Just 57 days until A’s pitchers and catchers report … Happy Holidays to everyone!!!

Joe Stiglich

  • Stan

    SLICK BILLY strikes again. As in your paper article Joe-BEANE could NOT ANSWER What do A’s fans have to root for this year? He had nothing to say. PELT BEANE with beans AT FANFEST!..OCCUPY FANFEST!

  • Harold

    Pay for fanfest? Why? They don’t pay for players. They have thrown up the white flag. Why would anyone want to pay $8 and not have access to Beane or Wolff?

    What a bunch of lying schmucks. Beane has been rebuilding for five years and can’t seem to get it right. Our majority owner, Ebeneezer Fisher, does he really need our $8?

    I will root for the laundry as usual, but I will not put one dime into Fisher’s purse!

  • Stan

    Slick Billy was naughty.. bought very expensive gifts I bet on the backs of A’s fans..Scrooge is Slick..

  • Stan

    Blah,blah,”rebuilding” Well,your doing that because your constantly tearing down! Billy Beane’s front has been exposed-he’s all greed,all the time. Trading Geo made no sense whatsoever other than a greedy GM and part owner lining his pockets with MLB welfare money. More for him,less for players.
    Since 2003 Beane has pushed “rebuilding”..long before the new stadium excuse/cover story came along. Beane knows he would be a failure GM in any other city and FIRED..poor Oakland,so far from god, so close to Billy Beane.

  • Stan

    Bean says “We are targeting the best prospects” LOL! IDIOT-yes,by trading ALL STARS for prospects!..Beane,in his own greedy world where he thinks he’s Slick Billy…

  • zgoddbap

    VERY VERY FRUSTRATING. I too will root for the laundry as usual.
    I just hope I’m still interested in June.

  • Stan

    SLUSSERGANDA: The plant for Billy Beane at SF Gate is asking a Giant owner about the A’s? It goes to show you how convoluted the “Stadium ruse” has gotten.
    Why isnt Susan Slusser EVER pinning John Fisher and his brother with the hard questions? THEY OWN THE A’s! This shill reporting is more of SF Gates sports revenue passed of as “journalism and reporting”.

  • Stan

    MORE SLUSSERGANDA: Yeah,I heard you Susy on 95.7 lay out word for word the owners position with nary a single point by you of any ogligation by the team to Oakland ,A’s fans or the spirit of winning. ALL you talked about was essentialy-how to make John Fisher and Slick Billy wealthier. They are not wealthy enough now as billionaires and multimilionaires are they Susy?
    NEVER did you mentiom how the A’s have detroyed this season. As beat writer-you dont notice ?
    Youv’e learned the art of cool smooth talk from Beane man Suze…and its as dishonest. Just say your PR.

  • Stan

    And a big middle finger to Urban and Lund from A’s fans. Shill wimps.

  • Stan

    BTW- I havent heard a single mention of the TRUE A’S ONWER-JOHN FISHER,yet on 95.7. Not one interview. Its more of-how do we make the 1% have 100%?.

  • Stan

    I will bite EVERY bay area media person who lies to the public.. my bad typing included.

  • zgoddbap

    Get em Stan, this whole organization needs a big kick in the ass.
    And not easy like

  • Stan

    Billy Beane-The Banker and part time GM. ALL OF BEANES MOTIVES are the same as those Bankers who LOOTED our economy in the housing crisis. It’s the SAME PRINCIPALS..steal and line pockets. Are you kidding me? trade Bailey a TWO TIME ALL STAR for a 1-4 pitcher and a kid who hit 254 in A BALL????,that’s insane GREED! The A’s are going to set a record for lowest payroll EVER adjusted for the era. Beane is CASHING OUT OAKLAND!..he’s destroying a team while creating a hardship on the City of Oakland as income will go down from lack of ticket sales…BUT BEANES INCOME WILL RISE!..revenue shares will rocket up while payroll dives!..and SO WILL THE SEASON.
    Billy BEANE IS THE 1%ER ENEMY! EMAIL SLICK BILLY! CRAM IT DOWN HIS THROAT AS HE’S DONE TO OAKLAND!
    FOLKS-FISHER AND WOLLF AND BEANE MUST GO!..sell to Oracle’s Ellison,sell to sportsman, and get the hell out!

  • Stan

    THESE ARE NOT MAJOR TRADES-THEY ARE MAJOR THEFTS!..thefts from A’s fans and the City of Oakland-home to the A’s for 40 years. Beane has bankrupted the teams and sold off the assets..like a crooked banker and con artist he is. Billy Beane has shown his true nature….

  • Stan

    More KNBR/SLUSSER/SF GATEGANDA: It was just pitiful the excuse making for the A’s ownership groups all out greed bid to take what they want. What a billionaire like John Fisher thinks he’s entitled to.
    I propose A’s fans boycott-the city of Oakland sue the A’s if they even hint at moving,and the FANS force their will..a new owner who will rebuild team AND stadium. Plenty of other billionaires and teams of them out there. The Warriors prooved that.
    Also-don’t forget the A’s HAVE NEVER LOST MONEY IN OAKLAND. OAKLAND is the 5th largest metro area in the country. It’s laughable to hear Sue Slusser and Giant shills KNBR claim the A’s HAVE to be 20 miles farther south to interest silicon valley. A argument of need that’s fantasy. I ask you-is a perpetual loser going to draw interest? Maybe try winning Slick Billy..it got you near 3 mill attendence a decade ago. Moneyball teaches that 120 loss seasons are the ways of a Genius?-LOL.
    What a disgrace Billy Beane is to our country.

  • DKnight007

    13.Stan Says:
    December 28th, 2011 at 6:24 pm
    Billy Beane-The Banker and part time GM. ALL OF BEANES MOTIVES are the same as those Bankers who LOOTED our economy in the housing crisis. It’s the SAME PRINCIPALS..steal and line pockets. Are you kidding me? trade Bailey a TWO TIME ALL STAR for a 1-4 pitcher and a kid who hit 254 in A BALL????,that’s insane GREED! The A’s are going to set a record for lowest payroll EVER adjusted for the era. Beane is CASHING OUT OAKLAND!..he’s destroying a team while creating a hardship on the City of Oakland as income will go down from lack of ticket sales…BUT BEANES INCOME WILL RISE!..revenue shares will rocket up while payroll dives!..and SO WILL THE SEASON.
    Billy BEANE IS THE 1%ER ENEMY! EMAIL SLICK BILLY! CRAM IT DOWN HIS THROAT AS HE’S DONE TO OAKLAND!
    FOLKS-FISHER AND WOLLF AND BEANE MUST GO!..sell to Oracle’s Ellison,sell to sportsman, and get the hell out!

    ^^^^^^^
    I would like to see Ellison buy the A’s and keep them in Oakland if it can be done?

    It maybe too late for that.

    It saddens to see what Beane has become as well.

  • Stan

    Some good news-my post that Oakland should sue the A’s? Yesterday mayor Quan said that the paperwork is readied to block any moves-SUE THEM MAYOR UNTIL IT HURTS!
    And thunmbs up to Monte Poole and Tim Kakwakami for pointing a finger at the TRUE owner of the A’s-John Fisher..who has his minor partners use the poor mouthing propaganda. Yeah John-why not fix those leaky clubhouse toilets you complain about? Spend some of that billions instead of forcing taxpayers!
    Its the height of greed for men who at home have golden toilets…lol..and you know its true.

  • Stan

    And JEERS to Mark Purdy. He left off John Fisher on his list of most powerful local sports people. Mark-biased to seeing the A’s leave seems to avoid at all cost upsetting the A’s group. No,he’s not one those standing up for whats right. Shame.

  • Stan

    Folks,Joe,-when I was a kid there was a central American dictator-Somosa,who had amassed a fortune while his poorest ate dirt. And what was he famous for saying about his having so much while so many had nothing? “I WISH I HAD MORE”..”If I had more money,I could help my people”. LOL-ISN’T THAT BEANE? “If I had more money, THEN I would use my Beane genius to win”-lol!!!..

    When the A’s group bought the A’s-THEY crowed ” WE are the 5th WEALTHIEST ownership in MLB!”
    Beane-Wolff and John Fisher were RICH when they started,and have had nothing but profits every year for a DECADE.
    So,because they are not GIVEN a new stadium with free land..they have destroyed the team. Greedy bastards. Somosa’s!

  • Stan

    Beane in hiding:Cowardly GM. As usual,Beane can’t be found,wont return messages. Only when its to take the credit does Beane make the local sports shows. What a shallow coward.

  • Stan

    How John Fisher can increase profits-fire Slick Billy. Think about it-the Fisher family can hire anybody’s drunken uncle for a bottle of Ripple to trade multi All STARS for A ball,254 hitters or 1-4 pitchers.
    Hiring a GM to lose? to make those trades? Slick in his slacks is now equal to an alchy. More money for John!

  • Stan

    Joe,-when is the update about the Bailey trade going to make the blog? I hear Athletic Nations great writers endorse that fine trade…SHILLS!