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Brewers considering Coco Crisp as replacement for Carlos Gomez

Jul 22, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

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With Carlos Gomez‘s status in doubt for the rest of the season following a broken collarbone, the Brewers are actively seeking a replacement for their outfield.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Brewers already had a scout watching the Athletics and that Coco Crisp is a possibility.

Nyjer Morgan, a left-handed hitter, has taken over as the primary center fielder for the Brewers, but Gomez was getting most of the at-bats against left-handed pitching. Crisp, a switch-hitter, could be a decent fit as a platoon partner, as he has a .279/.331/.426 batting line and .757 OPS against southpaws for his career. And while he’s not quite the fielder Gomez is, he’s considered above average in center field. Crisp would certainly be a nice luxury in a part-time role, but it would seem that the Brewers have bigger needs at either shortstop or third base.

Entering play tonight, Crisp was batting .265/.315/.385 with four homers, 31 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 38 attempts. The 31-year-old will be a free agent following the season.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reported earlier this week that the Indians and Reds have also expressed interest in Crisp.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    I never heard of a cereal called “Carlos Gomez,” but I have always loved Coco Crisp – especially that noise like a plastic wrapper uncrumpling itself when you pour soymilk over it.

  2. beltmerica - Jul 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    I don’t understand all the talk about the necessity of replacing Carlos Gomez. I understand they had a slight platoon going on but Nyjer Morgan is as good or better than Gomez in every aspect

  3. mgflolox - Jul 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    I just wish the A’s would pull the trigger and trade every 30-something outfielder on their roster and bring up the youngsters. I don’t even care who they get back in return.

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