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  1. What's next for the Oakland Athletics?

    Jim Bowden

    The Oakland Athletics' front office is in the process of determining their offseason game plan, but one thing they have made clear to me: They have no plans to trade Josh Donaldson or Jeff Samardzija, at least not at this time. That doesn't necessari...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  2. Rookies I can't wait to scout this spring

    Jim Bowden

    Every year at spring training there is a lot of focus on the star players who switched teams, with Robinson Cano being a prime example this year. However, what I am most excited about for this spring is the chance to scout some of the game's top rook...

    Blog | February 12, 2014
  3. The GM stars of winter

    Jim Bowden

    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman certainly made the biggest splash this offseason, spending more than $440 million on free agents Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka. After trading for Prince Fielder and s...

    Blog | January 30, 2014
  4. A's must bottom out to get better

    Jim Bowden

    There's a fine line between trying to contend and trying to rebuild. Oakland Athletics president and general manager Billy Beane understands this dilemma all too well. Indeed, it is counterintuitive for anyone competing at the highest level of a s...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  5. GMs who helped their teams long-term

    Jim Bowden

    In examining those teams that are built to win now, conversely there are those teams for whom it will take some time to become competitive again. In several instances, they are the very teams that just emptied their big league clubs to those "win now...

    Blog | January 04, 2012
  6. How the Gio trade went down

    Jim Bowden

    All week, the word around the campfire was that the Oakland Athletics were going to trade left-hander Gio Gonzalez. And sure enough, general manager Billy Beane pulled the trigger Thursday, sending the 26-year-old to the Washington Nationals, along w...

    Blog | December 23, 2011
  7. Five trades for Gio Gonzalez

    Jim Bowden

    It's rare to see a team trade a potential ace before he is eligible for salary arbitration, but that's exactly what the San Diego Padres did Saturday when they sent Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds for first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Gra...

    Blog | December 21, 2011
  8. How Moneyball affected the industry

    Jim Bowden

    I am really looking forward to tomorrow night at midnight when I get to see the movie "Moneyball" on the big screen. Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane was a colleague as well as a friend during my baseball career and I am so happy for not...

    Blog | September 21, 2011