Oakland Park Baseball Forum Index Oakland Park Baseball
Show up every Sunday at 10:30 in parks in and around Oakland!
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Someone explain the A's to me

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Oakland Park Baseball Forum Index -> MLB
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
retep
Player/Manager


Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 1043
Location: Berkeley

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:44 am    Post subject: Someone explain the A's to me Reply with quote

OK, I'm not saying the Giants are any smarter, but can someone explain why ya'll traded Eric Byrnes?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Baseball=Life
Baseball Deity


Joined: 29 Jan 2005
Posts: 1031
Location: SF, CA

PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I can explain.

#1 He is more streaky than Nick Warwick!! I'm sure you recall 2 years ago, Peter, when Byrnes hit for the cycle at Pac Bell against your Giants. Well I picked him up and put him in my lineup the next day. He rewarded me by getting about 5 hits in his next 100 at-bats. Eric Byrnes is notoriously streaky; he has been his whole career.

#2 A's needed a right-handed hitter with power. The A's, as most people know, are predominantly left-handed, which has been a source of offensive problems (especially in late innings against specialist bullpen pitchers). Jermaine Dye was the last guy to really provide much from the right side. This is why the A's acquired Keith Ginter, who had 19 HRs from the right side last year, but he's hit under .200 for the A's this year. So something had to be done to get some pop from the right side of the plate.

#3 The Byrnes trade itself generated bullpen help for the present (veteran Jay Witasik) and the likely 5th starting pitcher of the next few years (Joe Kennedy, 3.98 ERA despite Coors last year). Both of these were needs for the A's. We lost reliever Chad Bradford, but for someone with the sidearm delivery like his, his back problems will possibly never go away, and that was a major concern. So, on top of the addition of right-handed power threat OF Jay Payton, the A's walk away with a stronger bullpen, and a very strong candidate for the 5th rotation spot.

#4 The finances. Byrnes was set to earn more money the A's didn't really have. Plus, the A's secured long-term rights to the youngest of the acquired players, Kennedy. So the Witasik and Payton moves are most likely short-term, ie for the 2005 campaign. To reiterate, these players made the right financial sense for the A's. For instance, they took money from Boston, and gave it to the Rockies to make the deal work. No out of pocket $$$$.


REVIEW: Payton for Bradford

REVIEW: Witasik & Kennedy for Byrnes (completed about an hour after the Payton/Bradford trade)

REVIEW: A's better off
_________________
"Baseball is like church, many attend, few understand"

- Leo Durocher
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Tayster
Perennial All-Star


Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 245
Location: Over there.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2005 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I agree, there were... decent reasons to trade Byrnes, but I'm gonna miss that guy. I just wish he could gone somewhere else than the shit-hole that is the Rockies.
_________________
Rules:
1. I am always right.
2. If I am ever wrong, read rule number 1.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Oakland Park Baseball Forum Index -> MLB All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group