Saturday, April 01, 2006

Billy Beane Stockpiles Nine Starters for Athletics

The acquistion of Juan Dominguez from Texas brings to nine the number of starting pitchers that GM Billy Beane has stockpiled in Oakland. When he added his sixth and seventh starters two months ago, speculation was rampant that the additions were being made to accommodate the trade of former Cy Young winner Barry Zito. Beane, however, insists Zito will stay but has yet to explain why he thinks he needs nine starters. In addition to Zito and Dominguez, the Athletics roster includes starters Rich Harden, Joe Blanton, Danny Haren, Esteban Loaiza, Kirk Saarloos, Joe Kennedy and Brad Halsey.