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:

Tigers sign Edwin Jackson to a minor league deal

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The good news: most-traveled-player ever Edwin Jackson has a job again. The bad news: it’s not with team number 15. He’s repeating himself, going back to the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2009. Oh well.

Jackson, 35, posted a ghastly 11.12 ERA in 28 and a third innings over eight appearances with the Blue Jays this season, five of which came as starts. If he can manage to be merely bad instead of terrible he’s likely to get several starts for Detroit in the second half as the Tigers are playing for nothing and teams playing for nothing are well-served by veteran arms.

And heck, if he starts one in the next week or so and is amazing, maybe — just maybe — Detroit can flip him to team number 15? We can dream, can’t we?