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Oakland Can’t Stop Moving Forward: 4 Trades for 5 Players

In a 24-hour span executive of the year, Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics gained 5 new players in 4 separate trades that could finally push the team past the ALDS and the Detroit Tigers in the postseason.  The deal included 4 pitchers and a threat from the outfield, and cost them an infielder, outfielder, and 2 great prospects   The A’s, as everyone knows, have been pitching oriented since the beginning of the Beane era, and so far this season, the team is stacked.  Scott Kazmir was the first pitcher to come over on Monday and his deal is a little bit of a mystery.  He has been on shaky ground since his terrible stretch for the Los Angeles Angels, but has since redeemed himself after a great comeback season for the Cleveland Indians.  He was signed to a 2 year 22 million dollar deal and if Beane sees something in him, his career may be about to jump-start after he starts in the Coliseum.   Later that night, the madness continued when former 1st round selection Jemile Weeks was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles for all-star closer Jim Johnson all but ensuring that the A’s will move on from Grant Balfour and also free up the infield for Nick Pu...

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1914 translation by H.

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Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

About Ryan Tharp

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A recent graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and an avid A's, Raiders, and Lakers fan. In May he was able to finally make it out to Oakland to see 3 A's games, and game 6 of the western conference finals.

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  1. I have been an A’s Fan my entire life and I grew up in the 70′s. I do not understand paying all of this money for Kazmir when Brett Anderson is Cheaper and 5 years younger. Yea I know he has been Hurt but he is a Stud when Healthy and BTW Kazmir has also been Hurt. Brett Has proven that he can Pitch in a Big Game like when he beat the Tigers in 2012. He had a Great Great 3 performance. I just don’t Get it. Hopefully they give Brett another chance…

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