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Beane Faces Difficult Deadline, Which Is Probably How He Likes It

It’s that time of year again for Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. It’s time to figure out how to keep the rebuilding express train (Beane’s trademark since taking the reigns of this small market franchise in 1998) on time and on track. Time to figure out how to turn aging stars, bargain bin acquisitions, and green prospects into…well, even more prospects.

Beane jovially plays the trade deadline game like some kind of Rubik’s Cube, mixing and matching players until his team is uniform.

And cheap.

With the first of many progressively more complicated trade deadlines approaching fast on July 31, the A’s front office has a somewhat simpler task than...

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