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MLB Trade Deadline: A's GM Beane Lauded For Going "All In" With Lester Trade
Published August 1, 2014
OAKTOBER OR BUST? SPORTS ON EARTH's Wendy Thurm writes in the wake of the Lester trade, the postseason "is not enough" for the A's. It is now "World Series or bust." The trade was a "gutsy and creative move" by Beane. It is "not every day that a first-place team trades a middle-of-the-order power threat to strengthen a rotation" (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 8/1). In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck wrote Beane has "decided that it’s now or never." It "certainly would be galling to A’s fans if the club does not go deep into the playoffs and they have to watch a retooled Red Sox club featuring both Lester and Cespedes return to the top" of the AL standings next season and beyond (BALTIMORESUN.com, 7/31). In S.F., Ann Killion writes this is "the A's moment, and Beane knows it" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/1). In Sacramento, Marcos Breton writes under the header, "A's GM Billy Beane Bets A's Future In Blockbuster Trade" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 8/1). In S.F., John Shea writes Beane is "looking at the present like never before, and that's not unnoticed in the clubhouse." A's P Sean Doolittle said, "It goes to show you, no matter how well the team's playing or how well we've come together as a group, our front office is continuously looking to find ways to improve the team. It's exciting they work as much as they do to get us the pieces to get the job done come postseason time" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/1).