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Coco Crisp has decided where he’ll sign

Jan 2, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jon Heyman of suggests that the Orioles could be a surprise fit. While the two sides have talked in recent days, he acknowledges that this is more of a guess on his part. Long live the mystery team.

8:35 PM: Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle today that his client has made up his mind on where he’ll sign.

“Covelli has made up his mind,” said Comte, using Crisp’s given name. “Basically, we just have to let that team know.”

The Athletics are interested in re-signing Crisp, but Compte told Slusser than he has discussed his client with 13-14 teams this offseason. The Cubs and Dodgers have also been linked to the free agent center fielder in recent weeks.

Crisp, who turned 32 in November, batted .264/314/.379 with eight home runs, 54 RBI and a .693 OPS over 583 plate appearances in 2011. He tied Brett Gardner for the American League lead with 49 stolen bases.

After a report yesterday linked free agent outfielder Cody Ross to the A’s, Slusser hears that the club has also spoken with Ryan Ludwick and Conor Jackson.

  1. natsattack - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Mystery Team!

    • crisisjunky - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      fits perfectly. Werth stays where he is, and damage control when Prince ambles off to Bushland.
      Awful slash but .260, 50 ribbies and 50 bags. 50 bags at the top of that lineup. wow.

      Goobye Laroche

      • JBerardi - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        Coco can steal bags just fine when he’s batting 7th. He and his .314 OBP belong nowhere near a leadoff slot.

  2. rhandome - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Hahaha, what a non-story. Slusser should go for broke and spin this out into a whole series. “Coco Crisp calls his family to let them know where they’ll be moving” ” Crisp seen smiling – is he going to a good team?” “Coco Crisp eats dinner, ponders his new employer.”

    Seriously, this “journalist” couldn’t have waited until there was some actual news to report?

    • Hands Four - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      oh, bugger off. Those of us who actually follow her work know she’s a damn fine journalist and A’s fans are fortunate to have her.

  3. mojosmagic - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Can’t get enough of those Sugar Crisp.

    • Old Gator - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Yeah, I know. Ever time I hear this guy’s name I feel a rising subconscious impulse to fill a cereal bowl with soy milk.

  4. notthesicko - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    When did it become Jon Heyman of CBS sports?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      When he took a job there last month.

  5. APBA Guy - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    .314 is a little lower than usual for CoCo. His career is .330, which belongs nowhere near the top on a quality team, but is ok batting lower in the order. The speed is real, as is his very good defense.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Coco to the Orioles? What of Adam Jones? The O’s better get a #2 starter and a strong reliever in trade for Jones if they’re going to replace him with a box of cereal.

    • pisano - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:41 AM

      Good point about Coco replacing Adam Jones, Coco couldn’t make a pimple on Adam Jones ass.

      • wlschneider09 - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Presumably Coco moves to LF? That would be one heck of a defensive OF.

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