It appears as if A's GM Billy Beane is ready for a rebuild. Oakland shipped All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in a deal that netted the A's four players.
Speaking with MLB Network on Saturday, Beane made a number of interesting revelations about the blockbuster trade.
Acknowledging that he had "spent a lot of minor league capital" over the past few seasons, Beane made a move to re-stock the minor league system and "address now and the future."
According to Beane, the trade would not have gone through if any one of Toronto's four players were excluded.
Here is a transcript of Beane's comments:
Ultimately, they were reluctant to give up all four guys, and we weren't going to do it without all four guys in the deal.
For Josh, as much as anybody, it was probably surprising. We had a good conversation, and I'll leave the details between him and I, but it was a good conversation. He sort of understood where we were coming from and he's excited about joining a really good lineup.
We wouldn't have done it unless all four of these guys were in the deal. Each one represents sort of a need. Some more immediate, certainly in the case of Brett Lawrie, who is still only 23 years old. He immediately goes into a third base slot. The depth at pitching with (right-hander Kendall) Graveman and (left-hander Sean) Nolin, who are both big league ready. And then long term, (shortstop Franklin) Barreto, who we think is one of the best prospects in the minor leagues. Or we wouldn't have done the deal.
We wanted to address now and the future, and they were able to do that.
We spent a lot of minor league capital over the last couple years, trying to give this group as good a chance as we possibly could. And now, looking forward, I think we've also gotta be cognizant of the next couple years, and not just today, but the next couple years.
This deal, in our minds, addresses everything.