Eric Chavez will have career-jeopardizing back surgery. He could return in time for Spring Training 2010, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says the A's are considering other options at third base in the meantime. They inquired on Mark DeRosa, but believe the Indians are asking for too much in return. The A's could pursue DeRosa after the season and Slusser adds that Chone Figgins is a likelier free agent target.
Mark Kotsay has recovered from two back surgeries to play center field in the majors, so he's an inspiring story for his former teammate.