Relief on the way?

Looks like the A’s might make room in their bullpen for free agent right-hander Russ Springer. Foxports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting the sides are close to a one-year deal in the $3 million range. The A’s feel good about their ‘pen as it stands, but the arms are very inexperienced. Adding a veteran like Springer, 40, would not only help offset the loss of Huston Street, it would give the A’s a sage presence for the young guys to learn from, a la Alan Embree the past two seasons. Rosenthal also reports the A’s could step up negotiations for shortstop Orlando Cabrera. You figure Cabrera’s price has to be dropping by the day, and considering the A’s efforts to replace Bobby Crosby earlier this winter, it wouldn’t be surprising.

Joe Stiglich