A’s rumors: Club in play for Nelson Cruz, Jed Lowrie on the move?
After signing veteran infielder Nick Punto to a $3 million dollar deal, Oakland is still interested in making moves. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the A’s are interested in talking free agent right fielder Nelson Cruz into coming to Oakland. GM Billy Beane is indeed looking for another outfielder, one that would replace Chris Young, seeing his option was not picked up. Cruz would bring a big power bat to the A’s especially in the right field slot, or as a DH. He certainly has experience in the AL West, as he has played the last 8 seasons with the Texas Rangers. Josh Reddick currently occupies right field at O.co, but could replaced after his poor 2013 season.
Yesterday, a report surfaced noting that the often-moved Jed Lowrie could be on his way to another team again. However, in an interview with the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Athletics assistant GM David Forst stated that the Punto signing “has nothing to do with Jed Lowrie” and that “Jed is the starting shortstop.” Lowrie is a free agent after the 2014 season.
Bob Melvin also noted on 95.7 The Game that the St. Louis Cardinals may have called on Lowrie, but he doesn’t anticipate the club moving him.
Lastly, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Dallas Braden, who went unsigned in 2013, could be a candidate to return to the A’s. She interviewed Braden after he threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday, and he said that he will try out for teams once he increases his stamina. No word if he might throw for the A’s, but he is a fan favorite in Oakland.