09/27/2003 4:10 PM ET
How the Athletics were built
For the best appreciation of the work Billy Beane and the A's scouting department have accomplished since taking the reigns as Athletics general manager in 1997, just take a look at the results: four postseason appearances, two 100-win seasons and a debunking of the myth that small-market teams can't compete with the big boys who have far higher payrolls. The club's foundation has been based upon a terrific farm system that has pumped out aces Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito -- and possibly another in the making in rookie Rich Harden -- as well as Gold Glover Eric Chavez, reigning MVP Miguel Tejada and All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez. But shrewed trades -- including several multi-team blockbusters -- have rounded out the club, with closer Keith Foulke and designated hitter Erubiel Durazo among those added this past offseason and slugging outfielder coming aboard in a deadline deal this past July.
SS Miguel Tejada signed as a non-drafted free agent.
C Ramon Hernandez signed as a non-drafted free agent.
3B Eric Chavez selected in the 1st round of the June draft.
P Tim Hudson selected in the 6th round of the June draft.
IF Frank Menechino selected in the Rule V Draft, Dec. 15.
P Chad Harville selected in the 2nd round of the June draft.
P Mark Mulder selected in the 1st round of the June draft.
OF Eric Byrnes selected in the 8th round of the June draft.
P Barry Zito selected in the 1st round of the June draft.
OF Terrence Long acquired from the New York Mets with Leoner Vasquez for Kenny Rogers, July 23.
P Rich Harden selected in the 17th round of the June draft.
P Jim Mecir acquired from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays with Todd Belitz for Jesus Colome and cash, July 28.
P Chad Bradford acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Miguel Olivo, Dec. 7.
2B Mark Ellis acquired from the Kansas City Royals with Johnny Damon as part of a three-team trade in which Oakland also acquired Cory Lidle from Tampa Bay. Oakland sent Ben Grieve and cash to Tampa Bay and A.J. Hinch, Angel Berroa and cash to Kansas City. Tampa Bay also traded Roberto Hernandez to Kansas City.
SS Bobby Crosby selected in the 1st round of the June draft.
OF Jermaine Dye acquired from Kansas City in a three-team trade that sent Mario Encarnacion, Jose Ortiz and Todd Belitz to Colorado Rockies. Colorado sent infielder Neifi Perez to Kansas City, July 25.
1B Scott Hatteberg signed as a free agent, Dec. 30.
P Justin Duchscherer acquired from the Texas Rangers for Luis Vizcaino, Mar. 18.
P Ted Lilly acquired from the New York Yankees in three-team trade that sent Carlos Peña, Franklyn German and Jeremy Bonderman to the Detroit Tigers. Oakland also acquired Jason Arnold and John-Ford Griffin from the Yankees. The Tigers sent Jeff Weaver to New York, July 5.
P Ricardo Rincon acquired from the Cleveland Indians for Marshall McDougal, July 30.
C Adam Melhuse signed as free agent to minor league contract, Nov. 13
OF Billy McMillon signed as minor league free agent, Nov. 18
P Keith Foulke acquired from the Chicago White Sox with Mark Johnson, Joe Valentine and cash for Billy Koch, Neal Cotts
and Daylan Holt, Dec. 3
DH Erubiel Durazo acquired from Arizona Diamondbacks in four-team trade that sent Jason Arnold to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Cincinnati Reds sent Elmer Dessens to Arizona. Toronto sent Felipe Lopez to Cincinnati, Dec. 15.
P Mike Neu selected in the Rule V Draft, Dec. 16.
OF Chris Singleton signed as a free agent, Dec. 23.
P John Halama signed as a free agent, Jan. 17.
OF Jose Guillen acquired from Cincinnati for Aaron Harang, Joe Valentine and Jeffrey Bruksch, July 30.
P Steve Sparks signed as free agent to minor league contract, Aug. 31
-- Compiled by Daniel Rivkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.