The Oakland Athletics announced Friday afternoon the signings of Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra. The signings indicate that the A's GM, Billy Beane intends to challenge the defending AL West Champion, Los Angeles Angels.
The signings also indicate that incumbent shortstop Bobby Crosby's playing time is going to be very limited. Crosby, who was an AL Rookie of the Year in 2004, hasn't played up to expectations. And with Garciaparra likely to serve as a backup to Cabrera, Crosby won't see much playing time in Oakland.
Crosby has voiced his concern over the matter and wants out of Oakland. Crosby wishes that the organization will give him an opportunity to play shortstop somewhere else. He said that Oakland has been a great place to play, but he said that it'd be in his best interest to play somewhere else.
The signings of Cabrera and Garciaparra add veteran leadership to an A's team that is full of young talent. Billy Beane made it clear that he intends to give support to his very young pitching staff by adding OF Matt Holliday, 1B/DH Jason Giambi, as well as Orlando and Nomar.
The A's are now a team that could possibly contend with the Halos, since the A's have greatly improved on offense. If the young staff can quickly mature like the "Big Three" of the late 90's/2000, then the A's are a legitimate team that could contend.