I know the original article was mentioned in the Link dump, but burried in it is this info:
"A's contact Floyd: Beane has been in contact with free-agent outfielder Cliff Floyd and his agent. Floyd is coming off Achilles tendon surgery and, in order to prove he is healthy, he is looking for a deal much like the one the A's did with Thomas before last season.
Floyd, who is also talking to the Cubs, met with the Mets' team doctor Tuesday and told Newsday that he will be ready to play by spring training.
The A's also are expected to have interest in free agent Mike Piazza as they look to replace Thomas."