Introducing Bobby Crosby: Now Playing Third Base for the Oakland Athletics

Tommy TurreyContributor IMarch 12, 2009

Is it a shock to anyone that Eric Chavez is injured again? The only surprise here is that it took him this long to strain or injure a body part this early into spring training.

Please excuse my sarcasm for frustration here people, because when it comes to Chavy, most A's fans are still longing for those good old days when he used to be the best third baseman in the league. The former six-time Gold Glover and $66 million dollar man has been on a steady decline since 2006.

This is when he started having the notorious back pain, coupled with other medical issues, forcing him to start the beginning of last year on the disabled list, which allowed him to appear in only 23 games.

Now on to Bobby Crosby, because GM Billy Beane grew restless of waiting on the shortstop to regain the form he had when he was rookie of the year in 2004. Beane attempted to sign Rafael Furcal and Edgar Renteria before the start of spring training this year.

Neither one signed with Oakland, as Furcal rejoined the Dodgers and Renteria opted to play for the other team in the Bay, thus allowing the signing of Orlando Cabrera from the White Sox, along with the other former Dodger, Nomar Garciaparra.

Yes, that's correct—the A's have been very busy this offseason, as they seemed to go against the grain here from the handbook of Moneyball and brought in some key new players, most notably Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi.

Crosby played third base for the first time since the age of 11 earlier this week and looked good. Now, the thought pattern here for most baseball experts is that if he can play shortstop, then he could easily make the smooth transition to play any position within the infield.

This might be the case for Bobby this season, as second baseman Mark Ellis is returning from offseason surgery and Cabrera will need some off days from playing at short. Then of course we all know he can definitely get reps at third.

Now if he can get it through his head that being a utility player at this particular stage of his career is not the end of the world, this crazy thing might just work...or at least until Billy Beane decides to trade him for some prospects, or Eric calls it quits—whichever comes first.