By Jon Becker
Friday, December 19th, 2008 at 10:05 am in Uncategorized.
Does anybody think Bobby Crosby is worth $5.25 million? We’re about to find out.
Foxsports.com reported this morning that the A’s placed Crosby on outright waivers. That means any team can claim Crosby, if they’re willing to pay his 2009 salary of $5.25 million. The deadline for the outright waivers was 10 a.m. today, so we’ll soon learn if Crosby will remain in green and gold.
Chances are that Crosby will remain the A’s property. Aside from Crosby, the A’s only other in-house options at shortstop are Cliff Pennington and Gregorio Petit.
Perhaps a motivated Crosby will perform much better than his 2008 numbers (OK, it’s hard to fathon him performing much worse) while in the final year of his contract. He’ll turn 29 in January and this season may be his last to prove he’s a quality, everyday shortstop.
If you’re the A’s, do you make shortstop an open competition between Pennington and Crosby? Include Petit as well? Do you eat Crosby’s salary and release him?
Do you pursue Orlando Cabrera, even though he’ll cost you a second-round pick in next year’s draft? What about David Eckstein as a stopgap until they can determine if Pennington or Adrian Cardenas are shortstop-worthy?