... or turd polishing machine to be more accurate.
Year after year the demise of the A's is predicited yet they just continue to win. Last year after trading Mulder and Hudson and then letting Zito walk this year.
This year they have lost their best starter(Harden, one of the best), their closer(Street), a top OF(Bradley) and their best position player(Chavez) has struggled and they are a playing a sub 200 slap hitting catcher over $10M a year.
So how do they win in spite of this? Beane and his staff have an uncanny to find the right "turds" and polish 'em up and then get rid of them before their expiration date.
This year he has survived the injuries, poor play and lost players by getting great performance(Gaudin, Cust) and good performances(Kennedy, Dinardo, Embree) from other teams castoffs.
I don't have an answer for it, it is just an observation but the A's seem to do a far better job of bottom feeding on a yearly basis. According to the "small market rules" their is no way they should be able to win with a kendall type player with his contract.
A key does seem to be the A's ability to understand the expiration date on these type of players.