A lot of people have wondered about Beane's thinking financially in making this trade. He may have spent a little money, but he got what he wanted. Consider:
When Beane picked up Miles he also picked up Jake Fox who he discarded. I don't know if Fox was under contract, but he isn't on the A's roster. Beane also got 1 million dollars. He did give up thing minor league ballplayers, none of whom is considered big time major league material.
Beane had a 2.3 discrepancy with Miles's contract and Tavaras. However, he got rid of Miles and kept the 0ne million which knocks the discrepancy down to 1.3 million. If he can get someone to pick up Taveras for the league minimum the price comes down to .9 million. If he can unload a contract on the Reds the price for Rosales drops to under half a million. Plus Rosales is two or three years away from arbitration. It is hard for some to believe, but the A's really like this guy for his versaltility and hustle. He played left field this past winter. He also is young and single. although it may disturb baseball purists, girls may buy tickets to see him play and buy his jersey. Women may not onow baseball, but they know how to shop and spend money. Case closed.