We can’t help ourselves. The baseball season is long -- sometimes stultifyingly so -- so when we get bored we haul out the old A’s-Giants comparisons. Particularly when bad-team-becomes-good-team-while-good-team-becomes-bad-team, as is occurring now.
These are called “talkers,” and are meant to generate conversation, though they rarely do, because the A’s and Giants do so little business that it is as if they are in different sports. The last time they made a trade, it was the legendary Darren Lewis-Earnest Riles deal in December of 1990, and only two trade partners have gone longer without exchanging humans.
This is plainly wrong, and given that Billy Beane and Brian Sabean do not share the same animus that their superiors do toward each other, a deal should be made to occur now, and for the best reason of all.
Read Ray's piece here.