Nomar near signing with A's
Garciaparra could be in camp by Friday with one-year deal
PHOENIX -- A day after it was learned that the A's have agreed to terms on an as-yet-unannounced contract with free-agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera for the 2009 season, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday that Oakland is in the final stages of working out another one-year deal with free-agent infielder Nomar Garciaparra.
As he did Monday regarding Cabrera, A's general manager Billy Beane cited his policy against discussing free agents when declining to comment on Garciaparra.
The source indicated that the Cabrera deal is done, pending a physical, but some details still need to be worked out with Garciaparra. Both players could be in camp by Friday; Cabrera is expected Thursday.
Garciaparra, a 35-year-old veteran of 13 big league seasons who had been considering retirement, is expected to serve as a utility infielder for the A's.
Among the top shortstops in baseball while playing for the Red Sox from 1996-2004, Garciaparra is a six-time All-Star with a career batting average of .314, but he's been slowed considerably by a variety of injuries for the past several years.
His most recent All-Star season was in 2006 with the Dodgers, for whom he primarily played first base and third base over the past three seasons. Prior to that he was with the Cubs, who traded for him during the 2004 season and moved him from shortstop to third base in 2005.
A right-handed hitter with strong career numbers against lefties, Garciaparra battled calf and knee injuries while being limited to 55 games in 2008.
He made 31 appearances at shortstop last season, but the A's, who have several left-handed hitters in their projected regular lineup, are expected to use Garciaparra on the corners.
Third baseman Eric Chavez and first basemen Jason Giambi and Daric Barton are left-handed hitters, as is Jack Cust, who will share time with Giambi at designated hitter and also play right field.
Should Garciaparra join Oakland, he'll be the fourth big-name position player acquired since the end of the 2008 season. Three-time All-Star Matt Holliday was picked up in a four-player trade early in the offseason, and Giambi, a five-time All-Star, signed a free-agent contract in January.
Cabrera reportedly had agreed to a $4 million salary with the A's. Details of the proposed Garciaparra deal are unknown.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.