Oakland Athletics are on the 'Moneyball' trail yet again

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Major League Baseball is getting more affluent by the second and in the days of expensive contracts for ball clubs, getting a pitcher for a $1 is just insane.

That's exactly what the Oakland Athletics did Wednesday when they acquired Brad Mills from Milwaukee Brewers for the price of a soda can, according to reports

Billie Beane rolled back the years and picked up a bargain, or at least that's what the A's hope he has.

Mills is somewhat of a journeyman at the age of 29. He has had a tough career so far in the MLB, but he has been outstanding in the Class AAA Nashville this year, with 1.56 ERA over 75 innings.

Keeping other GMs sweet

Players are traded between clubs for what's labelled as cash considerations fairly regularly, but it's not often public knowledge what figures of money have exchanged hands.

General Managers often trade away players to keep a good relationship going with opposition GM's in the hope that this faith would be returned in kind down the line.

It seems that the GMs of the A's and the Brewers share such a relationship, and it will be interesting to see if anything acquisitions between the two clubs follow suit but in the other direction in the future.

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Beane is made famous by Brad Pitt in the film 'Moneyball'

Of course Beane is famous worldwide because of the field 'Moneyball' in which he's depicted to have changed the fortunes of Oakland without a big budget.

It's a story that reflects real life and Beane has performed miracles in Oakland with the ball club on a shoestring budget.

Brad Pitt plays Beane in the film, and even though that connection made be tenuous at best, it's a fair depiction of the efforts that Beane has provided for his team in many hours of need.

While we're talking about Moneyball, we might as well see one of the most famous clips as Beane declines the opportunity to sign on as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Of course the Red Sox went on to win their first World Series in 84 years shortly after following Beane's principles.

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