September 23, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar (5) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A's Looking at Options at Shortstop

The Oakland A’s have an empty hole at the shortstop position, and they are currently looking over their options.

As reported yesterday, they do have interest in top Japanese free agent Hiroyuki Nakajima, and Ken Rosenthal reports that they will meet with his agents today. He hit .311 with 13 home runs last season in Japan, and has a career batting average of .310.

Another option would be via trade. Rosenthal says that Oakland would consider a trade for the Marlins’ Yunel Escobar, who struggled last season, hitting just .253 with nine home runs. Escobar is a career .282 hitter, but has allegedly had issues with fitting into the clubhouse.

However, their main priority would be to bring back Stephen Drew, who was traded to Oakland last season just in time for their magical run to the AL West Division crown. Drew solidified the shortstop position while hitting a respectable .250 in 39 games, compared to his .193 clip in 40 games with the Diamonbacks.

Billy Beane has plenty of options to choose from here, and hopefully he pulls off the right move.

Tags: Hiroyuki Nakajima Oakland Athletics Stephen Drew Yunel Escobar

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