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Garciaparra Close to Deal With A's

Well, that answers this question. According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, infielder Nomar Garciaparra is nearing a deal with that A's to be a backup corner infielder and designated hitter for Oakland in 2009.

Rosenthal is reporting that the deal will be worth somewhere between $1.5 and $2 million for 2009, the second multi-million dollar deal the A's have handed out to a veteran infielder in as many days. As CJ noted yesterday, the deal further imperils Bobby Crosby's status with the team, creating a scenario where Oakland might even release him if they can't find a trading partner, rather than keep around a bitter Crosby whose position has been undercut in the past week. Yes, he makes $5.25 million this year, but if Oakland eats some of that salary, they can probably find a trading partner somewhere (or so you'd think).

But the bigger story here is the changing complexion of the A's roster. Gone is the youth and defensive focus that GM Billy Beane used as a hallmark of building his team in recent years. Suddenly, the A's are a team of veteran sluggers, and it seemed to happen overnight, didn't it?

We'll try to weigh in more on the team's drastic shift in defense in the next day or so, but suffice it to say that the changes are pretty significant, ushered in mostly by Cabrera. In the meantime, what do people think about Nomar? A low-risk veteran move, or just another curious call by the ever-adapting mind of Mr. Beane?

By Cameron Smith  |  March 3, 2009; 12:41 PM ET
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If JimBo were still the GM, you could see the Nats taking Crosby off their hand in a contract swap as part of a Nick deal, and grabbing a pitcher. He'd ask for Gio Gonzalez. Crosby would be given a shot at 2d.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 3, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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