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Oakland A's targets shortstops at Winter Meetings

Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics are looking for a shortstop like Stephen Drew or Hiroyuki Nakajima.

Leon Halip

The Oakland Athletics need a shortstop, and Billy Beane is eying quite a few potential possibilities. Jane Lee of the MLB Pro Blog reports for the A's.

One possibility is Stephen Drew. Drew was dealt to the A's from the Diamondbacks, and had a decent finish to the season. Drew posted an OBP of .326, but the Athletics declined to pick up his $10 million option and let him off on the free agent market.

The A's have the possibility of Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, who had the chance to sign with the New York Yankees but declined the opportunity.

The A's could also be potentially looking at Yunel Escobar of the Marlins. Beane has reportedly met with the Marlins to talk about the shortstop. Escobar has good defensive skill and posted an OBP around .353, although he does have a bit of a black PR mark for a homophobic slur.

Two possibilities within the organization are Adam Rosales and Andy Parrino.