Aside from seeing his favorite team lose a lot, the most frustrating phenomenon a baseball fan can endure is watching his favorite players constantly get shipped out of town. Sounds like Billy Beane now feels the same way.
After trading relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals for prospects on July 16, the A's boss said he was as sick of trading away beloved core players for no-name youngsters as A’s fans are. So Oakland is now reportedly sniffing around for a possible Yonder Alonso contract extension, while eyeing potential sell deals for veterans like pitcher Sonny Gray and infielder Jed Lowrie on one condition: near-major league-ready talent is acquired in exchange. Beane can then focus on locking up the next generation of A’s talent as long as possible so that the team can field a winner and its fans won’t have to trash their shirseys after two or three years.