I’m sure that from a Major League viewpoint the trade makes sense, but given how good Robertson is and will be, and Powell’s undeniable talent, you have to feel like the Rays put one over on Billy Bean on this one. Sure, in the short run maybe Zobrist and Escobar are helpful for a Season or three, but long range, Robertson was the guy you build around. After trading Addison Russell last year it’s clear that the A’s are adopting a “future is now” mentality.
In any case, Robertson was likely moving on to Midland this year, but Powell, coming off the lost last season was probably going to spend at least some time in Stockton. Now, they’re both gone.