A's reportedly agree to terms with Shannon Stewart

[EDITOR'S NOTE: I really like this move. Stewart can be a really great leadoff hitter and is very good defensively when he's healthy. Of course that's a big caveat because he hasn't been that healthy in recent seasons. He was healthiest in 2005 and before that 2003. This is a really good depth move and I like the fact that it was an incentive-laden contract. I do feel much better about it. The person who shouldn't? Dan Johnson.

I would not be surprised in the least to see Swisher back at first base and Stewart in left field as long as Kotsay remains healthy. If not, DJ is at first, Swisher in right, Bradley in center and Stewart or Kielty in left depending on matchups. Suddenly the team got quite a bit deeper by one move. As long as Stewart is healthy, of course. Oh and remember, Stewart has quite a bit of experience leading off. - Blez]

ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting that the A's have agreed to a 1-year incentive-laden deal that could reach 2.5 million dollars. Perhaps Beane is working a little on that depth issue after all.  If Stewart can stay healthy being off the fake grass, maybe he helps replace Jay Payton.