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Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

Posted on: January 3, 2012 5:40 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 10:20 pm
Coco Crisp

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Coco Crisp is returning to Oakland pending a physical,'s Jon Heyman confirms.

The outfielder has agreed to a two-year deal worth $13 million and a club option for $7.5 million in 2014 with a $1 million buyout,'s Buster Olney tweets.


Crisp had been garnering interest from several teams and said Monday that he'd made a decision, but hadn't told the team yet. That team will be his old team.

Last year Crisp, 32, hit .264/.314/.379 with eight home runs and a league-leading 49 stolen bases. In parts of 10 seasons with the Indians, Red Sox, Royals and A's, Crisp is a career .275/.330/.406 hitter.

Crisp was one of the few true center fielders on the free agent market, so several teams other than the A's reportedly had interested. The Orioles, Cubs, Cardinals and Dodgers had been rumored to have some level of interest in Crisp, who will instead stay in Oakland. Geography -- not to mention a guaranteed $14 million -- also may have played a part in Crisp's return to the A's. A Los Angeles native, Crisp reportedly wanted to stay in the state of California.

The outfield market now hinges on Cuban Yoenis Cespedes, while there are also some corner outfielder types available, like Cody Ross, J.D. Drew, Ryan Ludwick, Kosuke Fukudome, Raul Ibanez, Jonny Gomez, Juan Pierre and Magglio Ordonez. As for a center fielder, Corey Patterson is also available, but that's not going to excite too many teams. 

As for the A's, they keep their leadoff man, but at a price. Crisp will reportedly make $6 million in 2012 and $7 million in 2013. So far this offseason, the A's focus has been on shedding contracts and spending less money. Crisp's contract is in line with several other outfielders signed this winter -- just below Jason Kubel's two-year, $15 million deal with the Diamondbacks and more than Grady Sizemore's one-year, $5 million deal with Cleveland.

Crisp should hold down center field for Oakland, with newly acquired Josh Reddick in right and a battle in left between prospects Michael Taylor, Chris Carter and Collin Cowgill, who was part of the trade that sent Trevor Cahill to Arizona. Oakland could also dip into the free-agent market for another outfielder to try to round out the roster, but general manager Billy Beane has already said the team would be spending most of its money in the draft and international signings for next season. It wouldn't make sense for the A's, who are committed to rebuilding, to bring in anything more than a stopgap measure for left field -- although, at this point that may be all that's left.

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Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:11 pm

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

Crisp awaited to make his announcement why? I don't think anyone cares where he will be playing. The off season is so boring that articles like this are posted. (yawn)

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 5, 2012 1:47 pm

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

If the Cards hadn't signed Beltran I was hoping for Crisp.  Would have been nice to see someone that can run in the Cards lineup for a change.  Hope you can stay healthy Coco.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2012 2:39 pm

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

I like getting Coco Crisp back on the A's but I'm surprised that they paid $13 million for him.  I guess we will see if he can stay healthy and improve in a few areas.  I think that he, Jemile Weeks and Josh Reddick are a good start for the batting order but there just needs to be production from at least one, if not more, of the young prospects on the team.  Chris Carter has always been a big hitter in AAA but it hasn't translated to the bigs yet.  Michael Taylor is supposedly one of the high profile prospects but hasn't produced yet.  He's a great athlete but he's got to put things together.  If neither Carter or Taylor can come up and provide some pop it will definitely be a soft lineup once again.

Since: Jan 4, 2012
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:26 pm
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Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 1:00 pm

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

Willingham and Dejesus would have been more ideal.....Crisp is garbage!!!!

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:05 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 10:36 am

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

Ah the genius of Billy Beane at work...cut, print, edit!  $13,000,000 for Co-Co??  What are a few SB`s the new formula?  That`s as bad an investment as the $9,000,000 donated to Ben Sheets.  Billy Beane is a hack, by comparison Grady Sizemore got $5mill.  Keep outsmartin em Billy, don`t think Boston`s gonna call to trade for CoCo at the trade deadline. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2012 6:10 am

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

The A's must have the Angels shakin' in their cletes.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:04 pm

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

This may be about as close as it gets with Billy Beane "going for it" until 2015 and beyond. A's fans shouldn't expect much. Even if Weeks and Crisp get on, there won't be anyone to drive them in until the A's develop or acquire a run producer like Andre Ethier or Carlos Gonzalez - errrr, oops!

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:11 pm

Coco Crisp headed back to Oakland

Wow, would someone please let me know what I'm missing? $6.5 million a year for Coco Crisp? I'm not even sure what cereal he's named after, but $6.5m for 49 steals & a .264 average? And, this is the A's, its not like the Yankees or Red Sox wanted some speed for their bench....Ah, I get it: see you in July, playoff contenders!

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