Springer deal all but done

The word I’m hearing is that reliever Russ Springer could be introduced as the newest Athletic as soon as tomorrow. A source who’s familiar w/the negotiations says all that’s left is for Springer to pass a physical. It’s reportedly a one-year deal in the $3 million range. Though Springer is 40, the right-hander has put together his best two seasons in the past two years with St. Louis. He should lend a solid veteran presence to a bullpen that figures to be pretty green otherwise. This will mark Springer’s eighth big league team, but he hasn’t pitched in the American League since 1995, when he was with the California Angels. That’s right — California Angels. This guy has been around a while!

Joe Stiglich