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Friday, December 19, 2008

A's Waive Bobby Crosby

Ken Rosenthal:
The A's have placed shortstop Bobby Crosby on outright waivers, major-league sources say, enabling a rival club to claim him and assume his entire $5.25 million salary. Bobby Crosby just might remain with the A's. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

The Royals and Blue Jays still are trying to upgrade at short, but neither is likely to claim Crosby, whose .645 on-base/slugging percentage last season was the third lowest in the majors.

It's telling that the A's are willing to lose Crosby for nothing without an obvious internal or external replacement. But if Crosby clears waivers, which expire at 1 p.m. ET Friday, he is virtually certain to stay with the A's.

There is zero incentive for the A's to send him to the minors; Crosby, as a player with five-plus years of major-league service, could reject the assignment, become a free agent and still collect his entire salary.

I don't understand what motivation the A's have in releasing him for nothing. Are they trying to re-sign him as a free agent so they can ratchet down his salary? It seems like that would be a remarkable show of bad faith considering how little he's actually making in 2009.

Update: Crosby cleared waivers. What did the A's accomplish?

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