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Friday, October 4, 2013
How the Athletics got here

By Zack Singer, ESPN Stats & Info

The Oakland Athletics had the second-most wins in the American League in 2013, repeating as AL West champions. They did so despite having the third-smallest Opening Day payroll in the AL. General manager Billy Beane outmaneuvered free-spending division rivals in the Rangers and Angels by being very active on the trade market, exchanging prospects for players who were on the verge of breaking out in the majors.

As the A’s prepare to take on the Tigers in the ALDS, you can click through this visualization to see how Oakland built a team that can win it all, without breaking the bank.

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