In the 10 years that have passed since “Moneyball,” Michael Lewis’ seminal book about the 2002 A’s, was published, it might not appear as if much has changed in Oakland. Billy Beane is still the general manager and his quest to find undervalued players continues.
Some things, however, have changed. The A’s have seen their payroll increase about $20 million in the past decade as they have invested more heavily for free agents such as Yoenis Cespedes,Coco Crisp and Bartolo Colon.
A’s owner Lew Wolff recently told MLB.com that he views this year’s team much differently than the 2002 and ’03 clubs that also won the American League West.
– Teddy Cahill, MLB.com
The 49ers could use a receiver. They aren’t getting much help beyond No. 1 receiverAnquan Boldin. However, Mario Manningham may be back within the month, and Michael Crabtree could return for the stretch run. So the 49ers may not feel the need to add a receiver. Along with Britt, Cleveland’s Josh Gordon is reportedly also available. Sure, the 49ers could use one of those players now. But in the long run, I’m not sure it would be worth the money, investment and potential hassle considering both Britt and Gordon have had off-field issues. The 49ers are busy enough dealing with pass rusher Aldon Smith’s troubles.
– Bill Williamson, ESPN
One of the bright spots for the Raiders in training camp and preseason was the play of wide receiver Andre Holmes. The third year receiver was claimed off waivers from the Cowboys last May and looked like he might make a push for the roster on a team without a lot of top tier talent at the position. Those hopes took a hit when he was suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
That suspension was four games and that four games is now up and he is eligible to be activated immediately. The Raiders have a week to make a decision on whether to activate or release him.
– Levi Damien, Silver and Black Pride