Yoenis Cespedes is no different than fans and critics who wonder why the A's are in business if they keep trading away top talent.
In his homecoming to O.co Coliseum with his latest team, the Detroit Tigers, Cespedes openly questioned A's management Monday for dealing away All-Stars Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss and Derek Norris in the offseason.
“I was a little surprised to see some of the main players leave,” Cespedes said in a media gathering through an interpreter, USA Today reporter Jorge Ortiz.
When told the A's operate on a small budget, Cespedes said, “Then why operate? Don't they want to win a championship?”
Determined to win in October after years of frugal, “Moneyball” economics, A's general manager Billy Beane dealt Cespedes to Boston last July for pitching ace Jon Lester. The move backfired, with the A's eliminated early in the postseason after losing 33 of their final 55 regular-season games. This season, they own the American League's worst record at 17-30, even after pitcher Jesse Hahn extended their winning streak to three games by holding the Tigers to four hits in a complete-game, 4-0 victory.
Since Cespedes' departure, the A's are 39-63. “It's not easy [for the A's],” Cespedes said. “We can only hope it improves.”
“I think we have to move on,” A's manager Bob Melvin said. “He's with a new team and we have a new complement of guys. … Baseball's a transient business. Guys move around from time to time. He's just one of the guys who was here and had an impact, and he's no longer here.”