A deal cannot be described as close, but Ken Rosenthal indicates that the A's appear to be the frontrunners for the services of catcher/possible DH Mike Piazza.
If Oakland could snag him for the speculated price of one year and $7MM, they could have another fine free agent bargain.
In addition, the A's have spoken to the agents for Alan Embree and Cliff Floyd. An Embree acquisition would allow Joe Kennedy to replace Barry Zito in the rotation.
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