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A’s Fading Away in the West

Remember when Billy Beane traded for Matt Holliday? Or when he signed Jason Giambi, Nomar Garciaparra and Orlando Cabrera in an attempt to boost an anemic offense?

Remember when the A's were said to be the darkhorse team in the American League?

With the month of June half over, the A's trail the first place Rangers by nine games. How can a team with Matt Holliday, Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Giambi be nine games out of first?

It's been a very ironic year thus far for Billy Beane and the rest of the A's front office. For once, they actually went after a proven hitter and finally forked up some cash to sign key veterans like Jason Giambi and Orlando Cabrera.

The deals haven't paid off, though. Instead of seeing the impact many expected to see from Matt Holliday...

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