Not sure if it has been discussed yet, but on the slight chance that is hasn't, what are the merits of the A's signing Cubs SS Nomar Garciaparra to be our full-time DH and back-up infielder?
If he is willing to sign a 1 year deal for a low salary that is incentive laden, then why not throw out a feeler to him?
Adding Nomar could make sense.
Eric Chavez has a bum throwing shoulder and that could rear its ugly head during the season. Imagine if he needed to have surgery in the middle of next year?
Ditto with Bobby Crosby. He has problems staying healthy and has slumped with the bat in September of the last 2 years.
If either Chavez or Crosby miss time due to injury next year, we will be sunk. We just don't have the depth to compensate.
We have only Scutaro and Ginter as replacement options. With Ginter, we should have gotten a decent bat, which we didn't, and his glove was even more terrible. With Scutaro, we get the glove but lose the bat, especially slugging.
With Nomar, we could get both without missing a beat. After his last few seasons, Nomar could flourish if he was "spotted" during the year, to play the field somedays, but be the DH most days.
He is a much better fielder than teams give him credit for.
Not sure what the consensus is so please cast a vote.