OAKLAND -– A’s general manager Billy Beane stands firm behind his decision to trade the collection of All-Stars who have left Oakland over the past year or so.
He was asked Wednesday about his thoughts seeing former Athletics Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes getting MVP consideration in the American League and National League, respectively. Their trades from the A’s still touch a nerve with much of Oakland’s fan base.
“It’s my personal feeling that had we done nothing, we probably would be in the same position we are now,” Beane said of his last-place club.
He reiterated his belief that the A’s were lacking in sufficient pitching depth last offseason and needed to make the trades that brought in young hurlers such as Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman, Jesse Hahn and Sean Nolin.
It’s worth noting that the A’s also traded away a key starter in Jeff Samardzija, who would have been under team control through this season. But the A’s were looking for young, cost-controllable pitching that they could keep beyond this season. They also knew last offseason that starters Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin both were big question marks coming off Tommy John surgery, and both have missed all of this season.
“It was our belief that with the inability to add around guys like (Donaldson and Cespedes), we were going to be in a difficult situation, mainly because of the (lack of) pitching,” Beane said.
The GM didn’t reveal much Wednesday about the team’s plan of attack for the offseason, other than to re-emphasize that he doesn’t want to trade away young prospects for established talent -- an approach taken in recent years that left the farm system depleted.
Catcher Stephen Vogt said he is still taking pain medication after taking a foul tip in the groin area that sent him to the hospital Sunday.
“I've never been hit that directly with that much velocity,” Vogt said. “The pain is indescribable. I'm on pain medication and it's still not comfortable. This has been miserable the last few days, but I'm just lucky and fortunate that it wasn't an (injury that required) surgery.”
Vogt said the protective cup he was wearing has a dent in it from where the ball struck. But Vogt added that he wants to return this season. Manager Bob Melvin suggested if and when Vogt does return, that it might initially be in a DH role.
His family has done a great job helping with care for him at home, Vogt said, before adding:
“That was interesting. I was trying to explain to a 4-year-old what happened.”