Orlando Cabrera, Nomar Garciaparra Join the Oakland Athletics

Joseph LopezCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2009

The Oakland Athletics added two more pieces to the puzzle, and it's beginning to look like the A's are very serious about contending this year in the AL West.

Free-agent Shortstop Orlando Cabrera has reportedly agreed to a one year deal worth $4 million—the contract is pending a physical.

Earlier Tuesday morning, reports were released saying that the Oakland Athletics had come to a deal with Nomar Garciaparra, who was injured for most of the 2008 season.

With the addition of Cabrera, the A's incumbent shortstop, Bobby Crosby is looking elsewhere for playing time. Crosby, who's AL Rookie of the Year award seems decades ago, is likely to be dealt sometime during the course of the season.

If Crosby isn't dealt before the deadline, then his role with the A's will be nothing more than a utility guy.

Cabrera, 34, took a huge pay cut, thanks to the struggling economy. Cabrera, a solid defender, has won two Gold Gloves, and is a tough out on offense.

Garciaparra, who is 35, is still a solid back up. Garciaparra could be used as a sub for either Eric Chavez, Daric Barton, or used as the DH.

Prior to the additions, the A's had a very busy offseason, in which they added two powerful bats in Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi. With the additions of Cabrera and Garciaparra, the A's look like a serious dark horse to win the division this season.

No official announcements have been made about either addition, but both players could join the team as early as Friday.