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The A’s sign Coco Crisp to a two-year contract extension

Feb 7, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

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Some news out of Oakland as the A’s announce that they’ve signed Coco Crisp to a two-year contract extension.

Crisp signed a two-year deal with Oakland prior to the 2012 season and the A’s exercised their 2014 option on him back in November. They obviously wanted more Coco than that, so now they have him through 2016 with a vesting option for 2017. The deal: two-years and $22.75 million. He is slated to make $7.5 million this year on the option.

Crisp is coming off a 2013 campaign that saw him put together a .261/.335/.444 batting line with a career-high 22 homers and 21 steals. Oakland is his fourth team, but if he plays out this deal plus the option, he’ll have eight years as an Athletic under his belt.

  1. sdelmonte - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    The A’s remain cuckoo for Coco Crisp.

  2. halladaysbicepts - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    This signing makes sense. The years (2) and the cost (probably 8 million a year) makes sense.

    It’s funny that the stupid Philadelphia Phillies fans look at Marlon Byrd, a superior player, as a bad signing for the same $. Unreal.

    • okobojicat - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      well, Marlon Byrd isn’t a superior player and isn’t more likely to result in a better outcome than Crisp.

      Byrd is two years older than Crisp, his great year last year was really built on BABIP luck (.353 in 2013 vs. .325 career) and a sudden and miraculous power burst that was completely unexpected. Byrd is not far removed from appearing to be washed up. Projections posted on Fangraphs average Byrd to be a 2.6WAR player in 2014 and put Crisp at 4.2 WAR.

      The contract for Byrd is risky because he is old, he has injury risk in his back ground, he’s impatient at the plate and he’s a risk of being totally washed up.

      • halladaysbicepts - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        No. You are incorrect. Marlon Byrd is a WAY better player than Coco Crisp. Sorry it’s true, but it is.

      • craigssideburns - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Project how you want but based on each of their most recent seasons Byrd is the superior player.

      • eshine76 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        okobojikat – You beat me to it. However you forgot to mention in that Crisp steals 20 – 30 bases, while Byrd doesn’t steal period.

        The A’s paid $8 million for a very good lead-off hitter with plus defense. The Phillies paid the same for a guy with several question marks who will bat 6.

      • okobojicat - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        eshine76 I was going to comment on the defense, but Byrd actually had better defensive metrics than Crisp last year. I’m sure that’s a product of him spending a lot more time in LF vs. CF for Crisp, but still, Byrd has historically been a solid defensive OF.

        That said, its an extremely risky contract because Byrd might just be done.

        Craigssideburns, if you use that logic, then every single year of their careers EXCEPT last year (and 2010), Crisp was the better player. Twelve year careers, 2 years Byrd has been the better player.

      • craigssideburns - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        2013
        Byrd 5.0 WAR > Crisp 4.3 WAR

        That is all I’m saying. Obviously there is risk involved in projecting Byrd but Crisp is no guarantee either to repeat what he did last year going forward. $8 mil means a lot more to a team like the A’s than it does to a team like the Phillies.

      • scatterbrian - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        http://www.fangraphs.com/graphframe.aspx?config=0&static=0&type=graphsw&num=2&h=450&w=450&players=950,1572

      • louhudson23 - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:47 AM

        I think all of this points out the clear shortcomings in considering only numbers such as WAR etc…Crisp is a better ballplayer.Top to bottom,front to back. Numbers,advanced or otherwise should never be ignored.Nor should they be the only consideration in evaluating a player. “Statistics are like bikini’s,they show you a lot,bit they don’t show you everything”-Duffy Dyer(I think)….

  3. NYTolstoy - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    I remember when they signed coco. I figured it was a bad deal and forgot about him. Guess he did alright since they gave him an extension. Just figured he got injured alot

  4. APBA Guy - Feb 7, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    When did this devolve into a Byrd v. Crisp shoot-out?

    For the A’s, they continue to spend some of that national TV money that every team gets, and as Torii Hunter said about Crisp in a quote from the World-Wide Leader:

    “Coco’s got 20-plus homers for the first time in his career — he’s actually better, smarter.”

    Better than he used to be, that’s for sure. And watching him play the last few years, I have to agree. He started making a lot of hard contact 2 years ago, and even though he has lost a step and does get hurt, when he plays, he’s extremely valuable to the A’s. Some of his smarts are defensive as well. He shades towards Cespedes to cover him, knowing that Reddick can hold down right. And he’ll defer to Reddick with men on so that Reddick’s arm comes into play.

    As for the Byrd v. Crisp question, Brian’s link to the Fangraph is definitive.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Congrats. Smart move. Although, it means he will continue to hurt us…

      • APBA Guy - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Thanks, The G & P Beane is spending the “free” money. He has about $8M left. We’re all wondering how much ends up in Uncle Lew’s pocket.

        But I think you guys will be ok, though I did not like the Fister move at all.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        You and me both — and wth with that Joba Chamberlain pick up??? I still don’t know about our bullpen, so Crisp should have plenty to work with when we come calling. I’m really torn about this season.

        I’m kinda sad you lost Anderson (Anderson!), but I might get to see him locally if/when he has to rehab now.

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