Thomas was worthless and Cruz was traded to the Diamondbacks for Brad Halsey who was just a warm body on Oakland's pitching staff.
The centerpiece of the trade, from Oakland's perspective, was Dan Meyer and he's had health problems ever since joining the A's.
The 27-year-old southpaw has been treated like a pinata by opposing hitters in limited action this season. Meyer is 0-4 with an 8.03 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and opponents are hitting .301 against him. Those numbers are just as bad as the 0-2 record, 8.82 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and .294 BAA he posted last season when he got a cup of coffee in Oakland toward the end of the year.
Fortunately the Mark Mulder trade is still paying off for Oakland which helps offset the Huddy deal.
But all is not lost. Sure, the A's could just release Meyer and open up some room in the organization for another player. But why not get Ziggy with him?
That's right, go the Brad Ziegler route with the glorified punching bag known as Dan Meyer. Teach him how to pitch sidearm/submarine style. There's nothing to lose.
If that fails, then the A's can just keep on beating a dead horse and try another way to squeeze some value out of Meyer: Make him a position player.
It's working out pretty well for St. Louis' Rick Ankiel. Ankiel has helped the Cardinals stay in the playoff hunt by hitting 25 home runs as an outfielder.
Let's see what Meyer can do with a bat in his hands.
And if that fails, let's see what the guy can do with a churro or bag of peanuts in his hands as a food vendor at the Colisuem.
You may not be able to get blood from a stone, but there's no reason not to try and get something productive out of Dan Meyer.