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:

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.