Athletics GM Billy Beane: “What we thought we had to do was do something that wasn’t timid”

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Many were caught off guard by the big Josh Donaldson trade with the Blue Jays last night. This includes Donaldson’s former teammate, Josh Reddick, who was baffled at how the team could deal away the team’s best player over the past two seasons. Not too long after the trade was officially announced, Athletics general manager Billy Beane did his best to explain his rationale:

This almost sounds like someone who is focused on a rebuild, but does a rebuilding team give Billy Butler a three-year, $30 million contract? What Beane does next will be telling, but his strategy feels more like a “reshuffle” than a “rebuild.”

Here’s more of Beane’s conference call, courtesy of CSNBayArea.com:

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.