Billy Beane Says A's In Full Rebuild, Hopes New Ballpark Will Help Team Keep Star Players
A's Exec VP/Baseball Operations Billy Beane is "so confident in a new ballpark" that he made a trade yesterday with "one in sight," sending Ps Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals in a five-player deal, according to Martin Gallegos of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Beane said, "We're in last place right now and the direction we are heading in is to try and get younger and be disciplined with that plan, particularly as it relates to a new stadium. There's only one way to open a stadium. Successfully. And that's with a good, young team" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 7/17). Beane yesterday said that there will be a "different philosophy once the team has a new ballpark." Beane: "Really what's been missing the last 20 years is keeping these players." He added, "Finding players has never been an issue for us. Keeping them and ultimately keeping the faith and commitment from people who follow the team, that's got to be done by keeping them around. Again, I've been assured by ownership that that's what we're going to do as it parallels with the stadium" (ESPN.com, 7/16). In S.F., Susan Slusser wonders might there come a day when A's fans can buy their favorite player's jersey "secure in the knowledge they won't have to replace it in another year or two?" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/17).