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Trade Analysis: A's Acquire Trio

Joe Kennedy joins the A's pitching staff.

The Oakland A's and General Manager Billy Beane did little resting on their day off, as the A's pulled off two deals. Oakland acquired pitching and defensive help, picking up outfielder Jay Payton and pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick. In return, the A's bid adieu to fan favorites Chad Bradford and Eric Byrnes and minor league prospect Omar Quintanilla. OaklandClubhouse.com analyzes the trades to explain what they mean for the A's chances in 2005 and beyond.

If there is one word to describe General Manager Billy Beane, it is persistent. When Beane decides he likes a player, he almost always ends up acquiring that player, even if he has to wait for years to do so. On Wednesday, Beane picked up outfielder Jay Payton, a player whom he has been rumored to be interested in for several years. Beane also picked up two arms which will, at the very least, make...

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