By Joe Stiglich
Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm in Spring Training.
I just talked to Orlando Cabrera’s agent, Dan Lozano of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, who confirmed that a deal is in place with the A’s for one year in the neighborhood of $4 million. “Orlando is extremely excited,” Lozano said. “Obviously the market made this offseason very difficult. We had three or four clubs (show interest). The way it played out with opportunity, and an opportunity to win, everything pointed at Oakland.”
The A’s aren’t confirming this yet, and there’s no indication of an announcement today. Where does this leave Bobby Crosby? Probably as the backup utility infielder. He’s making $5.25 million this season, so he’s too expensive to release, and there’s been no indication of substantial interest in him as a trade target.
What other news looms this week? The A’s reportedly are still in talks with Nomar Garciaparra. If signed, he’d likely serve as a backup corner infielder, providing a right-handed bat who could spell Eric Chavez at third, play some first base and occasionally DH.