2:37pm: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle says Nomar agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the A’s.
8:22am: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Nomar Garciaparra has decided to play in 2009 and is on the verge of a one-year deal with the A’s. He’ll spend time backing up the infield corners and DHing.
A’s GM Billy Beane has been active this winter, adding Matt Holliday, Jason Giambi, Orlando Cabrera, Russ Springer, and Mike Wuertz. Joel Sherman of the New York Post suggests owner Lew Wolff "wanted to accelerate the timetable for winning."
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle talked to incumbent shortstop Bobby Crosby, who would like to be traded. Slusser says the Blue Jays aren’t "convinced that Crosby is an upgrade over Marco Scutaro." Presumably, the A’s would have to eat salary or take back a bad contract to move Crosby (or simply release him).