Positive vibrations for the A's

They've already bolstered a good pitching staff. Can anything stop Oakland now?

Originally Published: July 18, 2014
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Oakland general manager Billy Beane upgraded his pitching rotation in a major way when he acquired Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 4 in a six-player deal with the Chicago Cubs. Beane subscribes to the notion that a midseason trade can energize the clubhouse by showing players the front office has faith in them and supports them in their quest to win, and the trade sent a big, fat message to the players that he's in their corner.

Change cuts both ways, of course. Upon ...

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