Athletics Sign Coco Crisp

The Athletics have officially signed Coco Crisp to a two-year, $14MM deal that includes a club option for 2014, the team announced. News of the agreement ended 24 hours of rumors and speculation about Crisp's destination. He decided to return to Oakland despite interest from the Orioles, Cubs, Cardinals and many other teams.

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The deal will pay Crisp $6MM in 2012 and $7MM in 2013. The A's can exercise a $7.5MM option for 2014 or pay the center fielder a $1MM buyout. If the A's trade the Steve Comte client, he gets a one-time bonus of $250K.

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes ranked Crisp 21st among MLB free agents at the beginning of the offseason. The switch-hitter led the American League with 49 stolen bases in 2011, hitting .264/.314/.379 with 27 doubles as Oakland's center fielder. The California native seemed to prefer West Coast teams, but explained in September that he was also looking to play on a winner and find a good "financial situation" for himself.

Crisp joins Michael Taylor and Josh Reddick in the Athletics' new-look outfield. Josh Willingham signed with the Twins and David DeJesus signed with the Cubs, leaving Billy Beane, David Forst & Co. with the unenviable task of filling out an entire outfield. The A's sent Jai Miller to the Orioles today and may still be on the lookout for outfield depth.

ESPN's Buster Olney first reported the agreement. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio heard from an unconfirmed source that Crisp was nearing a deal with the A's (Twitter link). Photo courtesy Icon SMI.


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133 Comments on "Athletics Sign Coco Crisp"


Dem0nBear24
3 years 7 months ago

now there’s a shocker

Karkat
3 years 7 months ago

This is the worst surprise ever.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 7 months ago

Strangely the Carlos Silva signing was more riveting news of the day.

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

jesus…overpay

i liked him as an A for the last two years, but not sure if this is such a great move, considering it’s another 2 injury-prone, low obp years, at $7 million, which i feel is a little too expensive

3 years 7 months ago

Uh, the A’s can’t pocket all that revenue sharing, they gotta overpay someone, might as well be an everyday CF.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly.

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Oh, come on… He at least deserves a couple million for his hair…

Gumby65
3 years 7 months ago

Until Oscar Gamble sues him for 14.95 Million for copyright infringement…

$3513744
3 years 7 months ago

So much for wanting to win.

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

Trade Andrew Bailey who was predicted to get 4 million so you can give Crisp 7 million. Hmmm…..

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

well, they also traded gio who was set to get $4 million, cahill who’s set to get $3.5 million and breslow who was going to get over league minimum, so that point in kind of moot

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

Just futher proves my point with those comments. Why trade all that talent, especially Bailey who IMO they didn’t get nearly what they could have in return and turn around and guarantee Crisp 15 million? Yeah, there’s an option for the 3rd year with a 1 million buyout (or 7.5 to pick it up)

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

well as pete said, he’s more or less a stop gap for Green and Choice right now, they’ll trade him away for some prospects at the deadline, if he’s healthy and plays well

3 years 7 months ago

Bailey is an injury prone closer, the market for those is not good and I’m a huge fan of Reddick, who will play everyday and is a lock to have a better WAR than Bailey+Sweeney combined, as well as 2 teenage C+/top 25 prospects.

Boston fans apparently have no idea how shot Sweeneys knees are. Getting rid of him and whatever salary he gets is icing.  

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah. I was really high on Sweeney at one point. But it became frustrating over the last couple years to never see him reach his potential. I know he worked really hard, and has really bad knees. But I always thought he’d be better at the plate than he turned out to be.

I’m sure Fenway will help his numbers. But he’ll definitely still be a role player (albeit a good one).

3 years 7 months ago

I honestly cant see him having much more of a career. Those knees are chronic, he wont be on the field much…

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Probably not. But I think he’ll make them a good late-inning defensive replacement, and pinch-hitter against righties.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

What??? How could you possibly be viewing any of the A’s recent trades as if they were only done so that they could reallocate the funds toward a player like Crisp?

The Crisp signing has absolutely *nothing* to do with their recent trades. Those trades were all about their need to rebuild, and nothing more. To suggest otherwise is ludicrous.

As a matter of fact, even if they had kept all the players they just traded, they still could have afforded to re-sign Crisp. Their payroll budget will probably be under $60M this year. But even if they still had Cahill, Breslow, Gio, Bailey and Sweeney, they still could have signed Crisp and had a payroll of approximately $51M.

3 years 7 months ago

4M for 40 innings vs 7M for 130 games. Makes sense to me…. 

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

4 million for a good player
7 million for an average player
plus, the guy they got for bailey is set to be a 4th outfielder now.

3 years 7 months ago

Cowgill and Taylor are definitely not ahead of Reddick on the depth chart. No idea what youre talking about…

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

i think that if they are going to see value out of taylor, they have to play him this season. reddick isn’t good enough to lock a starting spot, as i see it, but i suppose it was my mistake in saying this. still, he’s not exactly a bright player, and my main point its not about how many games you play, its about the value of the player, and coco crisp is not worth that kind of money.

3 years 7 months ago

I think Crisp, Reddick, Cowgill and Taylor all get 400+ PAs this season. I think youre low on Reddick, he has excellent power and can play good defense. I expect him to replace Willingham except play much better defense. If he didnt have a 3.0 WAR at the end of the year I’d be shocked. He’s the surest bet out of the three young guys there imo.

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

I think that his power isn’t going to take off in oakland because of the park. its hard to project what he’s going to be like because he’s had such short stints in the bigs, but he needs to meet his expectations if the A’s hope to get value out of the bailey trade. it’s going to come down to who they want to throw out there opening day i guess

3 years 7 months ago

Cowgill and Taylor are definitely not ahead of Reddick on the depth chart. No idea what youre talking about…

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Spring Training. My bet is one of Cowgill or Taylor starts in the minors. 

3 years 7 months ago

Is there any way Crisp stays healthy? I think Cowgill and Reddick spot him in CF and then Taylor and Cowgill platoon in LF, and Reddick and Taylor in RF. They really do have enough playing time for all 4. 

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Oh yeah. They easily have enough playing time for all 4. And a fallback plan if the young guys can’t do it. 

Ernest Johnson
3 years 7 months ago

As somebody else said above I could see all 4 getting over 400 plate appearances.  

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

agreed. they overpaid big time.

3 years 7 months ago

And also b/c the last thing the A’s need is another low OBP low SLG outfielder. They have droves of those

3 years 7 months ago

Meh, as long as they play good defense its more important. They were a better team when they went defense-heavy, and stunk last year when they bought in Willingham and Matsui.

jasonindallas
3 years 7 months ago

Uh what?

3 years 7 months ago

Wow.  Who cares.  Coco Crisp holding people hostage on a decision.  This is definitely slow times for rumors.

AmericanMovieFan
3 years 7 months ago

VERY good deal for Crisp. They def. overpaid in years and dollars. As for the A’s- someone signed with them!? Holy crap! Good for them, too, I guess….

3 years 7 months ago

He won’t last more than a year if he can stay healthy. He might not even last 3 months if he hits well. Good deal by Beane to get a CF who plays good defense and might have good value in bringing in a prospect.

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

Extremely dumb. 

sf55forlife
3 years 7 months ago

He’ll easily be worth his contract plus more. 

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

that’s assuming he stays healthy

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 7 months ago

I believe that applies for anybody..

3 years 7 months ago

Soooooooo glad it isn’t us paying him that…

3 years 7 months ago

Don’t speak too soon. There’s about a 5% he finishes this contract in an Oakland uni.

3 years 7 months ago

Ok… I don’t care what the A’s do with him, I’m just glad Cards didn’t waste 7 mil on this guy.

3 years 7 months ago

But thats my point, they definitely could still trade him and his 7 mil to the cards. 

3 years 7 months ago

heard the A’s are still trying to sing ryan ludwick or cody ross also can some tell me why

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

now that they signed coco, i doubt they go for those two

3 years 7 months ago

Coco, Cowgill, Reddick & Taylor will most likely be the OFs on the opening day 25 man. Interesting bunch.

3 years 7 months ago

well i have heard they were going to sign coco and ryan ludwick or cody ross and that cowgill or taylor will be the 4th outfilder and the other one will start out in aaa so we will have to wait and see also on the espn insider it says the A’s are in talks with ludwick

FamousGrouse
3 years 7 months ago

So the A’s OF is now Reddick, Crisp, and one of Cowgill/Taylor? With a small amount of innings from Chris Carter?

Robert Slye Jr.
3 years 7 months ago

Beane has indicated that Taylor hasn’t earned his way onto the Major League roster yet. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the A’s sign another free agent outfielder

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

it’ll be reddick in left probably, coco in center for sure, and taylor in right, with cowgill spelling all three at times, probably coco the most often

3 years 7 months ago

Carter will never set foot in an OF again, he’s strictly a DH. 

Brandon Allen might get a handful of innings though, he’s also a DH but only Ibanez-bad in LF. Carter is the worst of all time out there.

FamousGrouse
3 years 7 months ago

Jack Cust was pretty bad too. I remember once or twice seeing a fly ball hit right at him and he couldn’t squeeze it-bounced right out of his glove. I just felt bad for the guy.

3 years 7 months ago

Yeah that was rough, but his first couple years were so sweet when he was mashing. Such a bummer he lost his power.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 7 months ago

He’s worse than Adam Dunn or Manny Ramirez? I’ve never seen him play, but that’s hard to believe. You could throw a blind man in the outfield and he would catch more flyballs than Manny would have.

3 years 7 months ago

Chris Carter plays LF like a 45 year old Fred McGriff. Its just wrong. 

And you take that back about Manny, he has the high five play to his credit. He wasn’t terrible just stoned all the time.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 7 months ago

Well all I know is what I saw when he was on the Dodgers. If you hit a fly ball to left field which forced Manny to move, it was going to get down. The only good news about that was that he couldn’t cut off any throws from the left fielder since that meant he would have to get into position to cut it off.

green_and_gold
3 years 7 months ago

Allen actually played great defense at 1B.  That is partly why 1B is his to lose.  He has a good glove, not as good as Barton ’09, but has much more offensive upside than Barton. 

Since Oakland isn’t going to win next year, I wouldn’t be too upset about having Carter in LF though.  Its not like his defense is what is going to cost the A’s a playoff spot.  With some luck, maybe he figures it out by the end of the year and can become a 1B/LF option. 

3 years 7 months ago

The A’s have an open DH spot, what youre saying makes no sense. Carter or Allen are definitely battling for that spot. Barton has a 5 WAR season under his belt and tried to play when he needed extensive shoulder surgery last year. If his shoulder is fine then 1B should be handed to him on a silver platter. He gets on base and plays outstanding D. You don’t throw a guy who really didn’t do anything other than hit 6 HR last year there over him.

Allen is too strange to lock in. He has maybe the most power in the league, and isnt totally bad at 1B, but he just looked lost at the plate last year. The only hope is that Chili Davis figures him out and he turns into a scary masher, he’ll either be that or Sam Horn, but I’d say there’s a 80% chance he’s the latter.

The A’s also have Kila now too…lets not forget. If I’m doing depth charts I go Barton-Allen-Kila at 1B, Carter-Allen-Kila at DH. Allen’s most likely starting at AAA unless Barton’s shoulder isn’t right. ST shall see…

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

Barton’s got the most upside IMO. Barton won’t bash a lot of HRs, but if he’s swinging an OBP approaching .400, he’s got a ton of value and is hands down the best 1B candidate of the 3. 

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I couldn’t agree more. I refuse to believe that 2010 was a total fluke for Barton. Especially after the news broke that he was playing injured last season.

I’d love to see Barton back at 1B this year, with Carter at DH.

3 years 7 months ago

Just glad my ChiSox didn’t sign him, they’re always linked to his mediocre self and it drives me nuts. 

jpkinney7
3 years 7 months ago

Isn’t everyone on the Sox pretty much “mediocre”.   Crisp would fit right in.

joeybw
3 years 7 months ago

As long as this doesn’t hurt the market, Rays still have 2 gaping holes and other ares where they have a guy who can stand there and play (or crouch, in Molina’s sense) but they can easily improve at SS and C, they simply only “need” a 1B and DH.

Tony Matias
3 years 7 months ago

When Coco turns into Figgins… then all the complainers are warranted in their complaints.

3 years 7 months ago

this was such big news i received three texts from mlbtr alerting me to it

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

I got four.

SouthPawRyno
3 years 7 months ago

It’s very annoying because it’s sending as two messages for each ‘new alert’

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 7 months ago

lol at your name, nice. reminds me of “manbearpig,” but not sure where that’s from.

sam_lammert
3 years 7 months ago

south park

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Why have I gotten 4 texts for this?

3 years 7 months ago

Okay we get it. You got more texts than anyone else about it.

Bully for you

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

This would be a lot funnier if I said it a bunch of times but I mentioned it twice making your comment kind of pointless and very dumb.

Bully (?) for you, too.

Robert Slye Jr.
3 years 7 months ago

Overpay? Perhaps. I’m more concerned about the years. Assuming he’s healthy, big assumption… one would think that Green or Choice would be ready to take over starting in 2013.

Like someone else said, the A’s have to spend money on someone though. You might as well add Crisp who will be the veteran leader in the outfield to teach to the youngsters. Weeks and Crisp at the top of the lineup was very effective last year.