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    Pitching Gifts From the A's

    As a franchise who has struggled to develop pitching, isn't it great that there are teams like the Oakland A's who are willing to help us out? Just recently we've acquired Aaron Harang, Jared Burton and Kirk Saarloos from the Oakland A's. Those are three pretty good arms and unless David Shafer turns into something we've pretty much given up zilch for these guys. What would this team look like without these three arms?

    As thin as pitching has been in recent years I find it amazing that one team has supplied us with 25% of our pitching staff including our ace.


    I'm going to stretch this one further. Jose Rijo in the late 80s. No way we win a World Series in the early 90s without Jose Rijo. That was another gift, for basically zilch, from the charitable A's.

    We need to find more teams like the A's to deal with. Thanks Oakland...

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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    Yes, Aaron Harang in my top 3 for NL CY Young candidates this year.
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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    should have had Vida Blue also. got Doug Bair in addition

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    You know the Jose Guillen for Aaron Harang trade may go down as one of the biggest steals in Redlegs history.

    Looks like Jimbo did something right!!
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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    Quote Originally Posted by George Anderson View Post
    You know the Jose Guillen for Aaron Harang trade may go down as one of the biggest steals in Redlegs history.

    Looks like Jimbo did something right!!
    Uhh...Jimbo didn't make this trade. Kulman made the trade and the Belisle trade also
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulrichjr View Post
    Uhh...Jimbo didn't make this trade. Kulman made the trade and the Belisle trade also
    By golly you are right, by two days!!! I almost gave Jimbo undeserved kudos!

    Thank you for showing me the error of my ways!!
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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    I honestly still feel that Joey Vee had the stuff to be a bigtime reliever. I remember listening to that game Miley made him start in Montreal. My God.

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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    Quote Originally Posted by dsmith421 View Post
    I honestly still feel that Joey Vee had the stuff to be a bigtime reliever. I remember listening to that game Miley made him start in Montreal. My God.
    His problem, like a lot of nice arms, was control. As Jeff Brantley is harping day and night, you can't be a reliable reliever unless you pound the strike zone.

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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    I actually think that Saarloos has the potential to do for us out of the pen what Scott Sullivan did for us in the early 90s. The more Saarloos gets used the better that sinker is going to be. I really like him in that role.

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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    Don't forget Tim Birtsas.
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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    Quote Originally Posted by dsmith421 View Post
    I honestly still feel that Joey Vee had the stuff to be a bigtime reliever. I remember listening to that game Miley made him start in Montreal. My God.
    Who?
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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    I thought Jose Rijo came from the Yankees organization?
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    dont forget John tsitouris either

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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    Quote Originally Posted by Fullboat View Post
    I thought Jose Rijo came from the Yankees organization?
    Traded by Yankees to A's as part of Rickey Henderson package.
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    Re: Pitching Gifts From the A's

    Quote Originally Posted by cacollinsmba View Post
    Traded by Yankees to A's as part of Rickey Henderson package.
    Traded from A's to Reds along with Tim Birstas for Dave Parker.
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