Mark Mulder Madness
Would anybody like to tell me what Billy Beane is thinking this offseason?
A supposedly small-market team trades for one of the largest catching contracts in the bigs (Jason Kendall)...
... and then cries poor, sending two of the premier pitchers (Hudson & Mulder) in the big leagues to teams we have to compete with for a playoff spot (Braves & Cardinals)?
The Hudson deal might have been understandable, but the Mulder deal? The A's got a decent reliever (Kiko Calero), a sub-par starter (Danny Haren), and a stud catching prospect (Daric Barton)... which they won't have room for at the major league level for several years?
So again I ask, what the hell?