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...