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A’s exercise 2011 options on Coco Crisp and Mark Ellis

Nov 3, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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Coco Crisp already broke half of this news on Twitter, but the A’s have officially exercised his $5.75 million option and picked up their $6 million option on Mark Ellis for 2011.

Two months ago there was some speculation that the A’s would decline Ellis’ option and perhaps try to work out a new contract at a lesser salary and manager Bob Geren went so far as to remove Ellis in the seventh inning of the team’s final home game so the crowd in Oakland could give him a standing ovation.

Turns out, the sendoff wasn’t needed because Ellis will be back for a ninth season in Oakland after hitting .291/.358/.381 with his usual strong defense in 124 games this year.  Among the 27 second basemen who played at least 100 games this season Ellis ranked 12th with an adjusted OPS+ of 102 and he led AL second basemen in Ultimate Zone Rating at 12.7 runs per 150 games.

In other words, there are probably quite a few teams crossing Ellis off their free agent wish list right now.

  1. apbaguy - Nov 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    The Ellis thing surprises me a little bit. Two possible explanations:
    1) with so much money coming off the books (Chavez, Sheets) the payroll drop may have elicited union interest
    2) They actually did not want to risk Ellis going free agent a la Scutaro, because they wanted him to help mentor their rising crop of young middle infielders. After all, a 102 WAR isn’t great unless you compare it to a 90.

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