It’s very rare that you see the Oakland Athletics make trades that include them sending away impact prospects in order to acquire Major League talent. However, that’s exactly what we saw happen yesterday evening, as Billy Beane decided to trade away Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.
The Oakland Athletics weren’t expected to accomplish much in 2012. With the Rangers coming off back-to-back trips to the World Series and the Angels acquiring both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson over the winter, the most baseball analysts figured the A’s would accomplish was possibly finish ahead of the Mariners to stay out of the AL West basement. The outcome of last season is the perfect example as to why championships aren’t won in December and January, but on the field.
The A’s finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak, allowing them to snatch the AL West title from the hands of Ron Washington and the Rangers, as they edged Texas by one game with their 94-68 record, when most thought their record would be something more like 68-94.How did Oakland and 2012 AL Manager of the Year, Bob Melvin, have so much success?