Source: Cabrera could go to Twins

Updated: July 31, 2009, 1:21 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com

The Oakland Athletics were making steady progress late Thursday night toward a deal that would send veteran shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the Minnesota Twins, a source told ESPN.com.

The Twins have been looking for infield help of late, having spoken with the Pirates about Freddy Sanchez. Cabrera is hitting .280 with four homers and 41 RBI, and he's batted .377 in the month of July. Cabrera, 34, is signed to a one-year deal, $4 million.

Earlier this week, some Twins players had publicly called for the front office to make moves to augment Minnesota's playoff chances.

Buster Olney is a senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine.

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