Does Billy Beane even need a contract with the Oakland A’s?

Sep 26, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane on the field before a game against the Houston Astros at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane on the field before a game against the Houston Astros at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports /
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There has been a great deal of speculation about Billy Beane‘s future with the Oakland A’s over the past few months. He seemed to be out the door when his sports investment group was set to merge with the investment group run by the owners of the Red Sox as no one can have ownership stakes in two teams. However, that potential merger fell through, allowing Beane to remain in Oakland.

Beane’s name resurfaced in rumors earlier in the offseason as well. He was listed as one of the Mets’ top targets to revamp the front office but removed himself from consideration without interviewing for the position.

What is Billy Beane’s contract with the Oakland A’s?

With those rumors having floated about, it is fair to wonder exactly what Beane’s contract is. It is also fair to say that he is likely with the organization for as long as he wants to be considering he has run the front office since 1997. As a part of the organization since his final year as a player in 1989, Beane is truly rooted in Oakland.

Chances are, he will never be part of another major league organization. That is not going to stop other teams from trying, especially as they attempt to entice him with the ability to spend and actually chase a championship. But getting Beane to leave would be complicated due to his ownership stake in the team.

That ownership stake also essentially means that he is his own boss. While John Fisher could decide to remove him from his role in the organization, he still has a part of the team. Beane will say when his time is at an end. He does not even really need a contract to determine his future or when he will leave the Oakland A’s behind.

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No one really knows what the terms of terms of Billy Beane’s contract with the Oakland A’s are. Considering his ownership stake, he does not need one.

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