Coco Crisp Decides Where To Sign

2:29pm: An announcement from Crisp's new team should come today or tomorrow, Comte tells Joe Stiglich of the Bay Area News Group.  Comte ruled out the Cubs, while Stiglich gets the impression Crisp could return to the A's.

TUESDAY, 7:33am: Though the Orioles talked to Crisp's agent, Heyman does not believe they are the team he chose.  The O's are looking elsewhere for a leadoff hitter.

MONDAY, 8:55pm: The Orioles have been talking to Crisp in recent days and they’re interested in signing him, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. However, it hasn’t been confirmed that the Orioles are the mystery team.

7:19pm: Coco Crisp won’t be on the open market much longer. The free agent outfielder has decided which team he’ll sign with, agent Steve Comte told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Basically, we just have to let that team know," Comte told Slusser.

The Athletics want to re-sign Crisp, according to Slusser. They’ve been in touch with him all offseason, but 12-13 other teams have discussed Crisp with Comte. The A’s have also spoken to free agent Ryan Ludwick, according to Slusser. Oakland selected Ludwick in the second round of the 1999 draft and traded him to the Rangers three years later.

The switch-hitting Crisp 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 seems to prefer West Coast teams, but explained in September that he’s also looking to play on a winner and find a good "financial situation" for himself.


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135 Comments on "Coco Crisp Decides Where To Sign"


Pawapuro
3 years 7 months ago

Please not the Cards.

3 years 7 months ago

That would be quite odd and surprising considering they currently employ 5.5 outfielders PLUS a Rule 5 pick.

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months ago

The signing of Beltran counts them out. I think someone like the Braves or Marlins sign him. Though if he wanted badly to stay on the West Coast, I could see the Padres going after him, given that his speed and defense would play well at Petco Park. Granted they just acquired Quentin, but they could either move Maybin to right or just move Crisp himself and then bench Venable as a forth outfielder, depending on how the Padres view him in their future plans. I know the Padres are still in the rebuilding mode, but if Crisp were having a good year, he could be flipped to a contender at the Trade Deadline for prospects, which for a rebuilding club is always good news.  

3 years 7 months ago

The Decision
Coco: I’m taking my talents to Baltimore.

gmenfan
3 years 7 months ago

Three people plus his mom would watch that.

gmenfan
3 years 7 months ago

Three people plus his mom would watch that.

Jdunkin
3 years 7 months ago

The Giants better not think about crisp! We have been quiet lately,which is crap but it could get crappier if they sign coco

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months ago

Sabean said that the Giants were done making major moves awhile ago. Plus, where would they play him? They already have Cabrera, Pagan, and Schierholtz in the outfield, and I doubt any one of them are benched as Crisp wouldn’t be an upgrade over any of them (other than Cabrera defensively, though he is more or less starting for his bat which is why J. Sanchez was traded for him).

gmenfan
3 years 7 months ago

Goes to show you how bad the Giants’ offseason has been when signing Coco Crisp would qualify as a “major” move.

skidlee23
3 years 7 months ago

I would take CoCo over Jay in a heartbeat

corkyciv
3 years 7 months ago

Red Sox.

Nv
3 years 7 months ago

I actually thought that to myself. But im not sure hed play rf with aviles, mcdonald, kalish out there

3 years 7 months ago

I would love to see him back in Boston. An outfield with Elsbury, Crawford and Crisp would put up 150 bags (provided Crawford has the bounce back year that we hope for).

chris_synan1
3 years 7 months ago

imagine crawford, ellsbury,crisp probably the fastest outfield in the MLB

diesel2410
3 years 7 months ago

Yankees lol

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Crisp doesn’t have the arm for right field. People would be taking 3rd like it was a hot cake.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

I would still take him as the super 4th type OF and let him play RF part time regardless of the weak arm issues until Kalish is ready from his surgery and rehab.

crisp can help a team in so many ways.. his arm and lack of power are the only 2 chinks in his game.

Leonard Washington
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t get me wrong I like the guy. He is a great defensive player and the speed is nice, but he is looking to get paid and our remaining cash has to go towards a starter and some depth. If we get someone for RF I wouldn’t bet against it being someone who gets dropped from another team during ST.

Michael Natelli
3 years 7 months ago

Nats?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

makes too much sense…rizzo will miss the boat

3 years 7 months ago

underrated player based on WAR. He could set off a pretty good chain-reaction for Florida: Crisp to CF, Coghlan to LF, LoMo to 1B, trade Sanchez for a 5th starter (Zambrano? makes sense for both teams).

Tommy Meyers
3 years 7 months ago

As a Cubs fan, would LOVE to see that, but Miami would never do that

3 years 7 months ago

just as a base for a deal, CHC would probably have to toss something in (a reliever?), but counting on Sanchez being made irrelevant by the chain reaction and Ozzie loving Zambrano? not that Sanchez has an amazing bat for a 1b, but he’s a better stopgap for the Cubs than LaHair

Tommy Meyers
3 years 7 months ago

Hey you don’t have to convince me haha.  Hey, I’d rather have Sanchez than a lot of guys at 1st

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

you think florida would take that god awful salary??? i think not

WesBowman
3 years 7 months ago

I thought that the reason they inquired about Coco is because they have a taker on Soriano. Putting Coco over in left is the obvious spot. But I am sure that the Cubs would eat a large portion of Soriano’s contract to ship him elsewhere. So who knows.

3 years 7 months ago

wouldn’t make much sense for the Cubs, they have a superior version in Dejesus, an inferior version in Byrd, and a junior version in Sappelt. Far more likely to see them trade Byrd and/or Johnson at the deadline and see what Jackson has than to add OFs

jb226
3 years 7 months ago

Depends on the deal.  A switch-hitting outfielder with good defense is always a valuable commodity at the deadline, and having him allows the team to promote Jackson when they feel he is ready rather than because of a need on the big-league club.  That is assuming they were to also have a taker for Soriano, of course.

And none of that precludes trading Byrd and/or Johnson at the deadline; neither of those players figure into the Cubs’ long-term plans, so they remain as expendable as they are today.

3 years 7 months ago

It will be hard for Coghlan to land an opening day spot. Regardless of his issues with the franchise, Bonafacio is a better fit in LF, assuming Sanchez is traded for a pitcher.

johnsilver
3 years 7 months ago

Underrated by many fans who have never watched him play on a consistent basis IMO. His ability to do the small things well, play GG defense, steal bases are under rated by a lot of fans.

Have a feeling GM’s and front office people do not make that same mistake and blindly swat away people of his caliber.

jphenix2002
3 years 7 months ago

The tigers need the speed

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

We have Delmon, Jackson, Boesch and look to be pursuing Cespedes hard. No need here.

Stuart Brown
3 years 7 months ago

Not to mention Raburn and Kelly are both likely to be retained (as in not traded/released). I suppose they could sign him in case Jackson slumps hard, but that would be fairly expensive insurance.

brian310
3 years 7 months ago

White Sox? Dealt off Quentin and could use a leadoff hitter

3 years 7 months ago

Indians? make a nice little return to Cleveland?

Harthan
3 years 7 months ago

I’d love this.  A few weeks ago, I’d have said we didn’t have the money, but they made a big offer to Beltran.  They could probably get Crisp.  Only question is if he’s willing to play left.

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

What happens to Brantley then? Although Crisp would be great insurance for the inevitable Sizemore injury.

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

What happens to Brantley then? Although Crisp would be great insurance for the inevitable Sizemore injury.

3 years 7 months ago

Tigers…Coco in center, move Jackson to right…

Tigerfan93
3 years 7 months ago

That would mean no Cespedes.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

you ain’t getting cespedes anyway….hate to inform you of that

Tigerfan93
3 years 7 months ago

Lol. And who do you think is? 

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

i look for the nats to grab him……it’s a hunch but rizzo makes it like they are national defense secrets holding to the vest…he doesn’t talk about it until it’s done.tigers could be in the running but who knows…..besides you have austin jackson right???

Tigerfan93
3 years 7 months ago

Austin Jackson couldn’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag. He’s not a worthy leadoff hitter and even DD has said that. The Tigers have been looking at Cespedes for 3 years now, so I’m pretty sure Dombrowski has his eyes set on him and will do whatever it takes. 

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

i will put it this way….if the nats don’t sign fat a##{fielder} they will definately be in on cespedes….rizzo likes him alot too and it’s laughable that the pirates want cespedes too…{now that we ought to have a mutual laugh about}

Josh Gedert
3 years 7 months ago

I really don’t want 2 SO kings and light hitting offensive players in the outfield.

Pawsdeep
3 years 7 months ago

Except Jackson is much better with the glove. It’s be pretty stupid to move him out of center

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

Why would Jackson move to right? Jackson is wayyyy better on D than Crisp. We don’t need him.

3 years 7 months ago

mets?

BeisbolJunkie
3 years 7 months ago

He said he wants to play for a winning club

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

boooom

chris_synan1
3 years 7 months ago

Red Sox? 

Bret Wask
3 years 7 months ago

The Nats make the most sense.  The fits Z’s MO in Seattle.  Cleveland would be interesting but probably not.  I wouldn’t count Miami out.  Lastly, would Philly give him two years to play LF these year and then take over CF when Victorino leaves?

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

thats what im saying…the nats….do you know if he plays leadoff?? {didnt watch many A’s games or look at thier box scores} but i am aware of him

Robert Slye Jr.
3 years 7 months ago

Last year Coco batted lead-off until the A’s promoted Weeks and then he batted second behind him.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

thanks as it dont matter now……he goes back to oakland

3 years 7 months ago

I doubt he would take a utility role, but I hope the Twins sign him.

Bret Wask
3 years 7 months ago

In Minnesota he would be the best player on the team… not a utility player.  (I am only half joking).

NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

I’m a little worried at the moment…although a 1-2 of Bourn and Crisp would be pretty sweet

3 years 7 months ago

He’s pretty bad option at the top of the order, but a really sweet one in the lower end.

Rangersfan32
3 years 7 months ago

He looks like a pretty solid top of the order guy. Tons of steals, solid bat that should only improve after leaving Oakland.

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

You want OBP at the top. Coco’s decent, but on a good team, he’s not top of the order. 

Eric
3 years 7 months ago

He wants a player friendly contract on a contending ball club, which means he won’t be playing for Seattle.

Dermick
3 years 7 months ago

Ozark Mountain Ducks

3 years 7 months ago

how do the Orioles make sense? Reimold, Jones, Markakis, Chavez, and Angle/Hudson bumming around is solid enough. Only makes sense if Crisp later becomes a tradeable asset, and that depends on the contract…then again, I am assuming sense on the part of the Orioles

Chad Nazelrod
3 years 7 months ago

This could potentially mean an Adam Jones trade is in the works.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

they want the friggin world for jones…that’s whats been bantied about in the b-more area anyway….

3 years 7 months ago

And they’re right to do so.

harmony55
3 years 7 months ago

You should check out the avatar on Coco Crisp’s twitter account.

stewie75
3 years 7 months ago

let’s stop pretending we care where coco signs. my only question, is whether he will also wear number 00 for ‘oo oo ah ah’