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Monday, December 01, 2003
the only team that knows what they're doing
Athletics acquired outfielder Mark Kotsay from the Padres for catcher Ramon Hernandez and outfielder Terrence Long. Since a trade kicker increases his salary by $1 million per season, Kotsay will make $19.5 million over the next three years ($5.5 million in 2004, $7 million in 2005 and 2006). In addition to being the regular center fielder, he could take over as Oakland's leadoff hitter, making him worth $15-$16 in AL-only leagues next season. It's remains unclear how the A's are going to replace Hernandez at catcher. Adam Melhuse figures to stick around, but he's only going to be the backup. Trades for Chad Moeller, Yorvit Torrealba, Josh Bard, Eli Marrero and Ramon Castro (if Ivan Rodriguez re-signs with Florida) have all been brought up as possibilities. A Jason Kendall deal would only seem to be an option if the A's fail to re-sign Keith Foulke.
rotoworld doesn't get it. the a's didn't re-sign giambi, they didn't re-sign damon, they're not re-signing tejada, and they're not re-signing keith foulke. they don't re-sign.
also, billy beane does not run his organization like a fantasy team, so he's not looking to "replace" his catcher. he has catchers. they are good baseball players. he may improve his stock at the position, but he may improve his stock at any position. mark johnson is a definite possibility for significant playing time. he was a river cat last year, came over in the rape of the white sox.
rant rant rant. that's all i ever do.
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