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Rays trade Zobrist and Escobar to A's


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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sources: Zobrist and Y. Escobar going to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Athletics?src=hash">#Athletics</a>, Jaso and Daniel Robertson going to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rays?src=hash">#Rays</a>. First reported: <a href="https://twitter.com/susanslusser">@susanslusser</a>.</p>— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="

">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sources: Zobrist and Y. Escobar going to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Athletics?src=hash">#Athletics</a>, Jaso and Daniel Robertson going to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rays?src=hash">#Rays</a>. First reported: <a href="https://twitter.com/susanslusser">@susanslusser</a>.</p>— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="
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Billy Beane had already traded the previous one and two in the list in Addison Russell and Billy McKinney last July. System thinning out big time.

Baseball America had Daniel Robertson as number one prospect in As system.
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Rays gonna be so bad.

Maybe so, but I think they got the better of the deal. Jaso is a good player and Robertson was the As #1 prospect.

http://m.athletics.mlb.com/news/article/104118244/bernie-pleskoff-oakland-athletics-daniel-robertson-a-well-rounded-and-mature-prospect

Meanwhile Zobrist is aging and Escobar was below replacement level last year (granted, a good chance for a bounce back 2015).

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Look at the league.

League Batting

Tm Aff BatAge R/G G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB

High Desert Mavericks SEA 22.4 6.01 140 5549 4947 841 1391 277 50 176 786 149 71 483 1121 .281 .350 .464 .814 2296 109 62 23 34 4

Lancaster JetHawks HOU 21.8 5.98 140 5591 4833 837 1375 300 59 130 741 141 63 590 980 .285 .366 .452 .818 2183 116 64 50 54 8

Bakersfield Blaze CIN 23.4 5.83 140 5511 4858 816 1390 298 21 146 748 147 59 531 1001 .286 .359 .446 .805 2168 116 50 21 50 7

Stockton Ports OAK 21.8 5.44 140 5614 4941 761 1364 273 35 174 697 94 39 546 1152 .276 .354 .451 .805 2229 111 77 5 44 9

Visalia Rawhide ARI 22.7 5.26 140 5448 4916 736 1367 269 39 142 676 146 58 402 1165 .278 .337 .435 .773 2140 112 61 25 44 10

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes LAD 23.6 4.99 140 5484 4844 699 1245 283 43 142 639 118 38 464 1283 .257 .328 .421 .749 2040 100 73 57 46 13

Lake Elsinore Storm SDP 22.5 4.98 140 5449 4855 697 1287 286 33 121 641 116 49 423 1120 .265 .330 .412 .742 2002 97 71 50 50 14

Inland Empire 66ers LAA 23.3 4.87 140 5376 4772 682 1250 237 53 109 620 147 76 444 1180 .262 .333 .402 .736 1920 92 83 44 32 11

San Jose Giants SFG 23.2 4.68 140 5391 4829 655 1291 239 42 103 602 137 69 403 1059 .267 .330 .398 .728 1923 106 72 41 45 12

Modesto Nuts COL 22.9 4.20 140 5232 4699 588 1157 233 55 93 547 146 73 409 1226 .246 .312 .379 .690 1779 71 52 37 33 7

League Totals 22.8 5.22 1400 54645 48494 7312 13117 2695 430 1336 6697 1341 595 4695 11287 .270 .340 .426 .767 20680 1030 665 353 432 95

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Billy Beane's offseason highlights

November 19, 2014 - Signed Billy Butler as a free agent

November 28, 2014 - Traded Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays. Received Franklin Barreto (minors), Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie and Sean Nolin.

December 8, 2014 - Traded Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians. Received Joe Wendle (minors).

December 18, 2014 - Traded Seth Streich (minors), Derek Norris and cash to the San Diego Padres. Received R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Eyeballing the depth charts, A’s w/Zobrist + Escobar project as around 85-86 win team. Were at 82 pre-trade. <a href="http://t.co/7bwZ9d0SDr">http://t.co/7bwZ9d0SDr</a></p>— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) <a href="

">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Eyeballing the depth charts, A’s w/Zobrist + Escobar project as around 85-86 win team. Were at 82 pre-trade. <a href="http://t.co/7bwZ9d0SDr">http://t.co/7bwZ9d0SDr</a></p>— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) <a href="
">January 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Yes, the same bunch that has us currently projected at 79 wins and the Rays at 84.

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