Monday, October 29, 2018

MLB news: A's extend Beane, Forst and Melvin


         The Oakland Athletics have extended executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane, general manager David Forst and manager Bob Melvin.

          The terms of Beane's deal isn't known, but the San Fransisco Chronicle reported that Melvin's deal runs through 2021 at about $3.5 million a season, making him a top five paid manager in the league. Forst's deal runs through 2023, without financial terms discovered.

           The A's are coming off a surprise 2018 that amounted in a 97 win playoff berth, but they fell in the AL wild card game to the New York Yankees. They had the league's lowest opening day payroll, and the season reminding many of the early 2000s A's, especially the 2002 team, that is known now as "moneyball", named after Michael Lewis' 2003 book, and the 2011 film starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, with Pitt playing Beane, the GM at the time.

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