Beane heads to Winter Meetings ready to listen

November 29th, 2011
By Jane Lee
Nov. 29, 2011

OAKLAND — In less than a week, baseball’s Hot Stove scene is set to take over the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, home of this year’s Winter Meetings.

From Dec. 5-8, notable front-office faces are expected to pull the trigger on a handful of moves, while some simply lay the groundwork for future ones.

A’s general manager Billy Beane and Co. generally choose to take the latter route, electing to use the time to observe and listen rather than actively pursue.

“The Winter Meetings are a great thing,” Beane has said in the past. “The focus on baseball during that week is fun for the fans. But from a club’s perspective, it can be a little bit distracting because, when you go down there, you end up finding yourself being tugged in so many ways from a media standpoint. That being said, I understand their value, but the work environment is not necessarily ideal.”

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