Latest On Athletics Designated Hitter Search

5:36pm: The A's are confident they can sign Matsui, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter).

2:32pm: This morning, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle posted the latest on the Athletics' search for a designated hitter:

  • Vladimir Guerrero is now open to a one-year deal with any AL West team.  The Mariners are probably not a match given the Jack Cust signing, and the Angels probably aren't planning a reunion, so this news really only affects the Athletics.  Meanwhile, the Rangers still consider Vlad their best DH option and are optimistic about a deal according to's T.R. Sullivan.
  • The A's still have Hideki Matsui atop their list, though he's drawn interest from the Orioles and possibly Rangers.
  • Nick Johnson, said to be fully recovered from wrist surgery, is also in the mix for Oakland. 

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