Dec 5, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane on the MLB network set during the MLB winter meetings at Hilton Anatole. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Billy Beane Named Baseball America’s Executive Of The Year

Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane was named Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by Baseball America.

It is Beane’s second award from the baseball publication; he was also named in 2002. (h/t

The A’s have won back-to-back AL West titles after trading away a trio of All-Star pitchers after the 2011 season in Andrew Bailey, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez.

Beane might already be working on his 2014 candidacy: Over the last two days, he has signed free-agent starting pitcher Scott Kazmir and acquired closer Jim Johnson from the Orioles, reliever Luke Gregerson from San Diego and outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom from the Rangers.

Beane was named GM in Oakland shortly after the end of the 1997 season. The A’s are 1,396-1,194 in that span and have won six division titles and made a seventh postseason appearance as a wild card. However, Oakland has only advanced beyond the Division Series once. All six of Oakland’s first-round defeats in Beane’s tenure as GM have come in a decisive fifth game. The one time the A’s reached the League Championship Series in 2006, they were swept by the Detroit Tigers.

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