Billy Beane explains A’s trade of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson


OAKLAND — Despite having no official plan in place for a new ballpark, A’s executive vice president Billy Beane is supremely confident that it is coming soon. So much so that he is already trading away some of the current team’s brightest assets with an eye towards entering the new park with a team that is ready to compete for a World Series.

The A’s traded away reliever and fan favorite Sean Doolittle to the Washington Nationals along with Ryan Madson on Sunday in a five-player deal in exchange for reliever Blake Treinen and two of the Nationals’ top 10 prospects minor league left-hander Jesus Luzardo and minor league infielder Sheldon Neuse.

“We’re in last place right now and the direction we are heading in is to try and get younger and be disciplined with that plan, particularly as it aligns with what we’re trying to do within the community as it relates to a new stadium,” Beane said. “There’s only one way to open a stadium. Successfully. And that’s with a good, young team.”

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