Yabu to A’s rumors
Toshi (official U.S.S. Mariner super-reader with the Japanese connections) reports that the hot rumor across the Pacific is that the A’s are supposedly close to signing Keiichi Yabu (of the Hanshin Tigers) to start for them. Stats here.
Immediate thoughts — at 36 headed into this season, he’s not what you might expect the A’s to be after. His rates are all good, but he’s doesn’t have the kind of crazy-good stats Matsuke, say, does where your eyes bug out and you call the Mariners up to ask them to sign him immediately.
It’d be interesting, though — as we’ve noted before, Oakland’s got a rotation they’re still sorting out.