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Coco Crisp returning to Oakland for two years, $14 million

Jan 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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Coco Crisp had a tough time finding a multi-year contract elsewhere and the A’s need outfield help after departures by Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, and Ryan Sweeney, so his deciding to return to Oakland makes sense. The price, however, is surprising.

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Crisp will get a two-year, $14 million deal that includes a $7.5 million option for 2014.

Two offseasons ago Crisp signed with the A’s as a free agent for a one-year, $5.25 million deal and a $5.75 million second-year option, so his price somehow increased significantly despite playing just 75 games in 2010, hitting .264 with a .314 on-base percentage and .379 slugging percentage in 136 games last season, and being 32 years old.

Crisp also stole a career-high 49 bases in 2011, but he’s been a below-average hitter in five of the past six seasons and has played a total of just 378 of a possible 648 games since 2008 because of injuries. At some point I suppose the A’s had to spend a little money on someone, but a two-year commitment to Crisp is an odd choice.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I’m not an Oakland fan, but what the bloody hell is Beane thinking??? He can’t afford upper level pitching like Cahill or Gio, but Crisp is a must? This is the weirdest move he’s made since the Holliday deal.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    This is weird. 7 million per season seems more than a tad excessive.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    7mil a year for an average CF? I’m in the wrong business.

  4. spudchukar - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    It isn’t just for breakfast anymore.

  5. JBerardi - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Are we sure Buster didn’t just move the decimal right one space? Seriously, what the hell?

  6. jwbiii - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    And an option year.

  7. baseballisboring - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Trading young, talented, cost-controlled pitchers and re-signing aging veterans to over-priced deals…the new market inefficiency.

  8. pisano - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    I totally agree with all the previous posters, I’m in shock the A’s would spend that kind of money on Crisp, if he didn’t believe in God before, I’ll bet he does now!

  9. mydadyourmom - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Moneyball seems so dated now.

    • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      No kidding. There must be a defective Intel chip in Beane’s abacus.

  10. APBA Guy - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    There goes the $ 10M the A’s “saved” by trading Gio, Cahill, and Bailey. What’s next, bringing back Rajai Davis?

    • cur68 - Jan 3, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      Tore his hammy last season legging out a single. I think he had surgery for it. Hopefully he’s been taking BP rather than sprinting while recovering. Either way, Beavermen have some kid & his old man named Rasmus playing center now, so Davis is, in theory, expendable. Better be careful what you say: Anthopolous might read these things and you could be giving him ideas to unload Davis back on Beane. He’s done bigger magic in the past…

      • APBA Guy - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:17 AM

        God, if Beane were actually reading these things there would have been a hit on me by now for sure.

  11. Old Gator - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    And if Beane is reading this, he has to be thinking about trading Ricciardi back to the Beavermen for Anthopolous and then going away on a year long round the world cruise.

  12. sportsdrenched.com - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Just to add to the WTF sentiments here.

    David DeJesus signed with the Cubs for $4.25, $4.25, CO $6.5 (millions of course)

  13. donhenrichsen - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Honestly I am usually a company man when it comes to the A’s, I just trust Beane has a plan. This one has me baffled, other then it is throwing a bone to the fans as Coco is a likable guy. But 14 million bucks for a .314 OBP with no power ?!! For the major league min they could just call up Wes Timmons who had a .432 OBP at Sac last season and , although an infielder ( with a lifetime .972 fielding percentage ), is a good enough athlete to play the outfield. Then they take that 14 million and invest it in that cuban kid. I mean do they think that with Coco they are now ready to take on the the Rangers? I love the green and gold, but man this one really stinks.

  14. hittfamily - Jan 4, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Coco didn’t want to come to Tampa?

    Must still be afraid of James Shields.

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