How DID Oakland become a better franchise with a crappier city, fans, and stadium environs?
What's your opinion?
1) They have no intention of having anyone play with the club more than their first six years?
2) They'd rather trade a guy a year early or even let a guy go to free agency than sign him really long-term?
3) They draft position players for expected ability/smarts to get on base or drive in runs rather than bat speed?
Hell, I don't know...