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A's sign Crisp to one-year deal with 2011 option

Dec 23, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT

Coco Crisp and the A’s were reportedly close to a deal over the weekend and they just made it official. He gets a one-year contract worth around $4.5 million and the A’s will have a team option for 2011.
When healthy Crisp is a solid starting center fielder, batting .266/.338/.390 while rating 20 runs above average defensively over the past three seasons, but he was limited to just 49 games in 2009 because of a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. Plus, in Rajai Davis and Ryan Sweeney the A’s already had a pair of capable center fielders who’re both significantly younger and cheaper than Crisp.
Perhaps after years of struggling offensively the A’s have decided to forget about scoring runs and simply trot out the best possible outfield defense, in which case a Davis-Crisp-Sweeney alignment would be amazing at keeping opponents off the board. Or maybe general manager Billy Beane just has another move on tap that involves Davis or Sweeney going somewhere for a bigger bat. Either way, I’m not sure that the 30-year-old Crisp is a particularly good fit in Oakland.

  1. Ryan - Dec 23, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    So is this Moneyball v2 for Billy? Instead of trying to find a diamonds in the rough, he goes and gets a decent name in the winter and then sells them off for prospects at the ASB?

  2. Rob - Dec 23, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    The A’s have Scott Hairston too

  3. Chris - Dec 23, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Wouldn’t one of these guys have been a pretty good fit in LF in Yankee Stadium?

  4. ecp - Dec 23, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    And that’s way too much money for Crisp after his injuries last year. Not a very Billy Beane-like move.

  5. APBA Guy - Dec 23, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    This move has all of us out here in the Bay Area scratching our heads.
    First of all, it’s a lot of money that would seem to be used to block newly acquired Taylor from an outfield slot. And what does it say about Scott Hairston, or Travis Buck?
    I think, though, that Beane feels like NONE of his current outfield options are long term locks in Oakland.
    – Taylor is unproven at the MLB level
    – Davis hasn’t shown he can hit for a full year
    – Sweeney had bad knees and very little power last year
    – Buck has seriously regressed
    – Hairston played hurt, but showed no offense in Oakland
    – Crisp will likely play good defense, but may not reach .700 OPS in Oakland’s pitchers paradise
    So really, what’s to lose?
    Oakland will go to Spring training and see who sticks. Some guys will go to Sacramento (AAA) and maybe 1 will get traded by mid-year. In Beane’s world, a trade of Hairston or Crisp will leverage a prospect or two that may have much greater upside directly or in a second trade.
    We hope.

  6. Mike - Dec 23, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Billy Bean is without a doubt the most over rated GM in baseball. He took a team that was just a player or two away from being a playoff team and gutted it…. And for what? Two years of AAA level performance….. The guy is clueless!

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