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Scratch Randy Johnson off the A’s list

It doesn’t look like Randy Johnson will be collecting that 300th win in an A’s uniform. At least that’s what one of his agents, Barry Meister, told me this afternoon. “I don’t expect Oakland to be in the mix” for the free-agent lefty, Meister said.

It seemed the A’s interest had been growing lukewarm. But are you bummed about this? Or did the idea of signing a 45-year-old pitcher not light your fire in the first place? I think it’s obvious the A’s rotation needs another veteran besides Justin Duchscherer. During the winter meetings, Billy Beane said if he signed any starter, he wanted it to be an impact guy who could fit anywhere in the rotation. Define that however you wish. I don’t expect them to get in a bidding war for Derek Lowe, but Randy Wolf and Jon Garland are a couple of names that stand out in my mind among other free agents.

Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays! Feel free to chime in …

Joe Stiglich