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.”