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Well, That’s Ironic

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Several sources are reporting that Frank Thomas has signed with the Oakland A’s. Numbers have not been released (update: yep, they got him for a prorated league minimum) but this is probably going to look something like this:

2006: Billy Beane signs Thomas with zero risk, high reward and gets an MVP candidate.

2007: Ricciardi signs Thomas long term, big bucks, and gets a decent player with a slow start.

2008: Ricciardi pays Thomas another 8 million bucks just for the slow start this time.

2008: Billy Beane signs Thomas for the rest of the year with zero risk, and pretty much the same reward again.

Ouch. J.P, I served with Billy Beane; I knew Billy Beane; Billy Beane was a friend of mine. J.P., you’re no Billy Beane.


Written by halejon

April 23, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. It’s now 2008. But otherwise, bang on.


    April 23, 2008 at 9:13 pm

  2. Errr….thanks. I knew that.


    April 23, 2008 at 9:28 pm

  3. Maybe BB will let us have Mike Sweeney for two A ball pitchers we don’t think very much of? JP always goes in for his sloppy seconds.

    And no, I’m not serious about wanting Sweener.

    johnny was

    April 23, 2008 at 9:38 pm

  4. That last sentence is biting and brilliant.


    April 24, 2008 at 12:08 pm

  5. Well, we always hear that somehow all “moneyballers” think the same way, but as Bentsen would say:

    “And frankly I think you are so far apart in the objectives you choose for your ballclub that I did not think the comparison was well-taken.”

    I just don’t get how Beane does SOMETHING big every freaking year with no money. Even if it doesn’t work, league minimum!!! I guess we’ve got some bullpen guys for nothing.


    April 24, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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