Oakland A's Not Done Yet in Offseason; Set to Scout Cuban SS
Not so fast.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's will be scouting another player this offseason.
After going to the Cuban well last year and landing Yoenis Cespedes, the A's are going back for more, and this time they're looking at shortstop Aledmys Diaz.
Diaz, 23, hit .315 with 12 home runs during the 90-game Cuban season.
This news came as a bit of a surprise considering the A's recently signed another foreign-born player to play shortstop in Hiroyuki Nakajima.
Other then Nakajima, the A's have utility infielder Adam Rosales, who was thought to be a good backup player on the bench, to give the Japanese native an occasional day off.
According to the report, Diaz is not going to be ready to play in the majors immediately, and the A's are looking at him for depth in the organization, particularly in the upper-minors.
The A's did lose Collin Cowgill this offseason, so perhaps they are looking at Diaz to possibly take on that role if he is ready for the majors.
Oakland may not be an attractive destination for Diaz because Nakajima was just signed to be the starter, and Addison Russell was drafted to be the shortstop of the future. But perhaps 2012 Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes could help sway his fellow countryman to come wear the green and gold.
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