Alex Hall from SB Nation's A's site Athletics Nation got in touch with me over the weekend regarding a question exchange in front of this week's home opening series against one of the AL West's favorites. Here are my questions and his answers. Thanks to Alex for his time. Enjoy!
2. Scott Kazmir was one of my early favorite targets for the Twins in free agency, but I know a couple of my fellow writers weren't as enamored with him as I was. What's your view of the fan consensus on his two-year, $22 million dollar deal with Oakland?
3. The A's traded spare parts for Jim Johnson, a reliever making $10 million this season, but allowed Grant Balfour to depart for a two-year contract on (what ended up being) a pretty decent two-year, $11 million deal from Tampa Bay. Timing is everything, but what happened there? Acquiring a $10 million dollar closer just seems so unMoneyball.
10. Give us an early prediction that we can re-visit later: does Oakland make the playoffs this year?