Billy Beane


OAKLAND – Billy Butler is a man of his word. Upon signing with the A’s in November, he was determined to pry jersey No.


The uniform will be different, the role figures to be quite the same.


SAN DIEGO –- After making waves with morning trades on the first two days of the winter meetings, the A’s turned the spotlight over to other teams Wednesday.


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SAN DIEGO – The A’s playbook does not include the punt.

That’s what Oakland general manager Billy Beane stressed Monday as the first day of the winter meetings wound down.