As beloved as Swisher and Haren were, their performances tailed off after the All-Star Break in 2007, so perhaps we've been exaggerating the impact of their departures.
Perhaps the A's have sandbagged enough so a .500 effort would be tremendous under second-year skipper Bob Geren.
The A's have run down this basepath before, folks. They're constantly rebuilding (or retooling, as it's described just up the Coliseum corridor in the Raiders' locker room). Players become stars, then become Yankees, Cardinals, Orioles, Braves, Giants and congressional witnesses.
Swisher's smiling mug now resides under a White Sox bill while Haren is down in the Arizona desert. Other graduates from the A's Class of 2007 include outfielders Mark Kotsay and Shannon Stewart, infielder Marco Scutaro and designated hitter Mike Piazza.
And so we again wonder who's on deck to become the franchise's new face, new ace and new trade bait.
There will be some interesting bats and arms to chart. First baseman Daric Barton looks like a slugger.
Outfielder Travis Buck has a play-making panache about him. Carlos Gonzalez might become the center fielder extraordinaire the A's have lacked since the days of Dave Henderson, Dwayne Murphy and Billy North.
This rebuilding phase may have a couple more trades left in it. Beane will remain restless until he has a World Series ring on the same hand as his cell phone.
And that's a good thing. Strive to improve. Don't be content with the status quo. Especially not when last year resulted in a 76-86 record, which put the A's one game out of last place.
If nothing else entices you to McAfee Coliseum, you can at least satisfy your appetite thanks to the all-you-can-eat buffet in the upper deck.
Which leads us to Part II of "You Make The Call:" Do you see your stomach as half-empty or half-full?