A's general manager Billy Beane has been voted the Sporting News Major League Baseball Executive of the Year in balloting by 57 major league executives.
Beane was presented with the award Wednesday at the general managers meetings in Indian Wells.
Many prognosticators picked the A's to finish last in the American League West after trading top pitchers Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey. But those deals brought in much young talent, including pitchers Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone and right fielder Josh Reddick. Other key acquistions included outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and first baseman Brandon Moss.
The surprising A's won the A.L. West with a 94-68 record before losing to the Detroit Tigers in the A.L. Division Series.
"We knew we were in a difficult position, and that was a challenge," Beane was quoted as saying at aol.sportingnews.com. "I think privately we felt we're not sure how good we are, but we know we're not (terrible)."
Giants honors: Giants catcher Buster Posey won a National League Silver Slugger Award, which goes to the best offensive players at their positions.
Posey, an MVP finalist, batted a league-high .336 with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs.
Giants left-hander Barry Zito was announced the winner of the Hutch Award, which recognizes the major leaguer who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication on and off the field of the late Fred Hutchinson, a former manager and pitcher who died of cancer in 1964.
Blue Jays: Free-agent infielder Maicer Izturis signed a three-year deal worth $9 million.
Izturis batted .256 last season, his eighth with the Los Angeles Angels.
Marlins: Florida has hired former New York Yankees star Tino Martinez as hitting coach. Martinez had been a broadcaster for the Yankees' cable television network.