I know this topic might be wearing thin. And that I may have
exhausted it. But I really feel the need to stick up for Billy Beane
Look, he isn’t perfect. And he may not be the best GM in baseball.
But I feel there is justification for almost every move that he made
this season–even though those moves are being lambasted throughout
around the interweb.
Orlando Cabrera was a decent signing. They needed a healthy
shortstop, they got one. Little did they know that Cabrera would
forget to play defense. His bat we could see was going to be a
below-average stick. But the glove…who could have seen him faltering
Jason Giambi has fallen off a cliff. Who could have seen that
coming? I know he had an overrated season last year, but it was still
solid. And I know he was older, but the move wasn’t a bad move, was it?
And according to Keith Law, the A’s just received a better package
from the Cardinals than what they gave up to get Holliday in the first
place. So this move may be a credit to Beane as well.
I am not sticking up for Beane simply because I enjoyed Moneyball,
or simply because I believe in the numbers. I just believe that most
of what he did this off-season was far from indefensible.
As for Nelson Cruz and players that went on to have success
elsewhere? That is a topic for another day. But Beane is still as
good as they come. Give him Cashman’s job and see how he fares?
Really, do it.