It was reported last week that the A’s might take a shot at free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera. MLB.com’s Mychael Urban tried to confirm the rumor Tuesday, but received little response from either side.
Urban notes that "for the A’s, that’s hardly a shocker. General manager Billy Beane has long had a policy against discussing free agents, and he stuck to it Tuesday via text." It is a bit strange that a player’s agent would refuse to discuss interest in his client, however.
The silence can be looked at in a few different ways. Maybe Cabrera’s agent feels that he’s close to a deal and doesn’t want to spoil anything with the normally-mum Beane. Or maybe all is as it seems, and there’s simply nothing going on.