Print and Go Back SweetSpot [Print without images]

Monday, June 14, 2010
Battle of the Bay: Sabean vs. Beane

Monte Poole on the Bay Area teams' comparative winters:

I didn't like the Sheets contract, and wrote so at the time. Uribe's doing essentially what he did last season (which is still better than most of us expected). Huff's doing roughly what he did in 2008, with his awful 2009 now looking like an anomaly. I'm perfectly happy to credit Sabean for liking what he saw in Uribe last season, and for not giving a great deal of weight to Huff's '09 numbers, with the caveat that it's still fairly early.

I don't know that I'll ever be able to understand the Sheets deal, though. Unless he pitches brilliantly in July or the A's wind up in the playoffs -- both of which seem exceptionally unlikely -- this one's going to blow in Beane's face.