If you need any further proof that baseball is making a dramatic shift from building a team with slugging DH-types to pitching and defense, all you need to do is look into what the AÆs are doing in Oakland.
As we all know, AÆs GM Billy Beane was the focal point of the book Moneyball. The ôMoneyballö philosophy was to build a team around sluggers, who walked a lot and of course, hit for power. Speed and defense was not part of the equation.
Now that is all changing. Beane is building a team in Oakland that is becomingûin a wordûathletic.
Recent case in pointûthe signing of OF Coco Crisp. Yesterday, the AÆs signed Crisp to a one-year, $4.75 million contract. There is also a club option for $5.75 million for 2011.
Crisp, along with speedster Rajai Davis and Ryan Sweeney should g ...
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Article written by Adam Bernacchio