MLB: Beane, A's being sought by many in Dallas

December 5th, 2011

December 5, 2011
By Jane Lee

Billy Beane isn’t shying away from his popularity status at the Winter Meetings, where more than half of all team representatives paid a visit to the A’s general manager on Monday.

“We have not had to leave this room to go meet with other teams,” Beane said in the evening of Day 1 from his suite at Dallas’ Hilton Anatole. “They’ve all had to come here. It’s like I’m the hottest prom date here.”

It’s likely not many will get a second date, though. Beane, who has made everyone not named Jemile Weeks available this winter — All-Star hurlers Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey have sparked the most rumors — noted he heard someone in passing say that interested clubs “wonder how available those players were after talking to us.”

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