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Monday, November 28, 2005

Esteban Loaiza

The A's picked up Esteban Loaiza for three years today, adding another reason why Barry Zito will be traded at next week's winter meetings. Thankfully for A's fans, won't be traded. Loaiza adds a decent starter who leveled off last season after two all-star first halfs in 2003 and 2004. Although Loaiza eats up a ridiculous number of innings (giving the A's bullpen a chance to stay rested throughout the season) he more importantly offers the A's a starter with a proven track record as staring the season hot. Kirk Saarloos is likely to be traded, as he is certainly over valued after his career year last season (think Cory Lidle). Hopefully the A's can grab an undervalued right handed bat for Saarloos and some prospects (or perhaps Saarloos and Kennedy). In any event, Zito/Harden/Loaiza/Blanton/Haren gives the A's the best starting five in the AL, as well as starters who can consume enough innings to make up for the A's rather thin bullpen.

A's Sign Esteban Loaiza