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A's built on their strengths in offseason

As a whole, Oakland's pitching staff prepared to lead team through marathon schedule

Originally Published: February 25, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- General managers throughout Major League Baseball have budgets, organizational mandates and short- and long-term strategies to pursue. But 29 of those executives aren't about to be portrayed by Brad Pitt in a movie based on a New York Times best-seller. If Billy Beane goes out and signs a player for the Oakland Athletics, he can't just be signing a player, can he? It has to be part of some cosmic, far-flung strategy that's going to revolutionize the industry. Doesn't it?

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