A’s Roundup: Housecleaning Edition

  • The A’s beat the Jays in 11 innings last night, but the big news of the day was the deal that saw Esteban Loaiza go to the Dodgers. Oakland will save about $7.6 million. There was talk of former Giants starter Brett Tomko coming back to the Bay in exchange for Loaiza, but the A’s decided–rightly–that they would rather give Loaiza away and save some dough than take Tomko. Meanwhile, the Dodgers designated Tomko for assignment. [SFGate]
  • This season, the A’s have made an astonishing number of moves, basically overturning their entire roster. Their payroll has dropped from $80 to $60 million. [SFGate]
  • AN thinks that Beane should continue to gut the team until all the high-priced talent is gone. We’re looking at you, Mike Piazza, Mark Kotsay, Bobby Crosby and Eric Chavez. [Athletics Nation]
  • Who should be expected to be on the expanded 40-man roster? [Catfish Stew]
  • Mark Ellis helps kids with diabetes and kids who wanna learn to read and do other good stuff too. [Official Site]
  • Here’s an amazing story: Oakland’s AAA team, the Sacramento River Cats are in first place (with a five-game lead), despite being involved in 174 transactions this year. 174! [SFGate]

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