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Coco Crisp turned down Rays to re-sign with A’s

Jan 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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Oakland paid a surprisingly steep price to re-sign Coco Crisp yesterday, giving the 32-year-old outfielder $14 million for two seasons, and I’m equally surprised to learn that the normally budget-conscious Rays finished runner-up for Crisp.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Crisp ultimately chose to remain with the A’s because he liked playing on the West Coast and “he thinks the team has more potential than people might think.”

The latter part seems pretty unlikely, because right now I can’t see any way the A’s aren’t a terrible team in 2012, and of course Slusser also notes that “the A’s came in with a better offer at the last moment.”

Crisp is certainly capable of being worth $14 million over the next two seasons, but I’m just not sure how he makes sense for the A’s at that price. And his agent may have had a similar thought, because Crisp’s two-year deal includes a $250,000 bonus if he’s traded.

  1. dwishinsky - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    This move was so awful. In so many ways.

  2. APBA Guy - Jan 4, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    The only explanation I’ve heard that makes any sense-and that’s a stretch-is that the A’s did this to help avoid sanction from the union and MLB over misuse of revenue sharing money. The CBA says revenue sharing money must be spent on player salaries, and without this deal the A’s may have been close to a rebuke like the Marlins got last year.

    Probably the A’s also realized that nobody was going to sign to play for them who had any value, and without a decent defense behind their pitchers they’d have nobody to trade away in the next round of rebuilding in 2015, when Air Bud’s Blue Ribbon Stadium Commission would be in their 6th year with no report.

    • hcf95688 - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      Also, since he wont = more wins, the team will still have a top five draft pick next year.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Are we sure there wasn’t miscommunication on the phone with this?

    Crisp “Yes, I would love to play for the Rays this year!”
    Agent “OK, Coco, the A’s it is!”

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