They are two teams with two very different objectives for the 2013 season.. Before the 2012 season, the two organizations seemed to be doing the same thing as the Oakland A’s were dealing players to complete the quest of getting cheaper and stocking the farm system when another playoff run could be made. The Astros were really a barren organization and had to completely transform itself by selling off any and all veteran players. General Manager Jeff Luhnow began that process and continued throughout the 2012 season. Billy Beane didn’t have to complete that task as his young A’s won the American League West division on the last day of the season.
Now, the A’s are looking at a realistic chance of getting to a World Series in 2013 while the Astros are putting the finishing touches on their massive organizational reboot. The two got together on a late winter, five player trade that highlighted their respective 2013 objectives. The Astros sent shortstop/utility man Jed Lowrie along with reliever Fernando Rodriguez to the A’s in exchange for first baseman/outfielder Chris Carter, pitching prospect Brad Peacock, and catching prospect Max Stassi.
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