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Good points here, but everyone lets Beane off the hook too easily. The Donaldson trade was horrendous, and the only way people defended it at the time was by pointing at the GM’s track record. Ditto for the Samardzija deal, which was a win-now move that led to little actual winning, then. I know he’s in a crappy situation (pun intended,, but Beane hasn’t exactly been Money the last few years.

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