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Free agent Coco Crisp wants to stay on the West Coast

Nov 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the free agent center fielder “has made it clear that he would like to play for a team that is determined to compete and he’d also like to stay on the West Coast.”

As for potentially returning to Oakland, Comte speculated that general manager Billy Beane “and the owners just want to sit back and wait because of the stadium issue.”

Beane has hinted as much, indicating that it’s tough to increase payroll or make a multi-year commitment to free agents without knowing whether the ballpark in San Jose (and subsequent revenue increases) is a realistic option.

So instead of the possibly re-signing with the A’s the agent suggested that the Giants would be a good fit for Crisp, who led the league with 49 stolen bases but hit just .264 with eight homers and a .693 OPS that’s his worst mark since 2003.

  1. yankeesgameday - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    You’ll get nothing and like it.

    • Kyle - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM


  2. kopy - Nov 3, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Odd request, since no West Coast teams made the playoffs this past season (depending on how you feel about Phoenix being “West Coast”).

    I guess he wants to play for the Angels or Giants, but his agent told this to the San Francisco Chronicle soo….

    • scatterbrian - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM

      A “team that is determined to compete” in 2012 didn’t have to make the playoffs in 2011.

  3. APBA Guy - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    That .693 is pretty telling, also, because West Coast stadia are pitching-friendly, in general. If the Giants were to sign him, they’d get speed, but speed without OBP is worth very little.

    Reality check: Coco has never played more than 150 games, and reached over 140 only twice, the last time in 2007. His career high in OPS is .810 in 2005.

    It’s nice to have preferences. I’d prefer to be ultra rich and a boy-toy to Victoria’s Secret models. That’s not gonna happen (unfortunately). CoCo should probably prepare himself for disappointment.

  4. dlevalley - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    “Paging Brian Sabean… Brian Sabean… foregone-conclusion is on the phone…”

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