AL West Notes: A’s, Crisp, Astros, Robertson

The A's hosted their annual FanFest yesterday with a sellout crowd of 20,000. GM Billy Beane addressed the gathering and is pleased with the moves the franchise made this winter. "I think we accomplished a lot of what we set out to in the offseason, and maybe a little more," Beane said (as quoted by's Jane Lee). "The division itself is better. Texas is always good, and the Angels improved on an explosive club anyway, so I think they'll be a lot better. Houston's only going to get better. The fact is, I think this division, as much as any in the league, has improved itself, and I'd like to think we've been able to replace some of the guys we lost from a good team and maybe added more in addition." Let's take a look at the other news and notes involving the A's and the AL West:

  • Assistant GM David Forst held court with several bloggers, including Athletics Nation, at the A's FanFest. Forst was asked whether the club has an organizational philosophy on making long-term commitments. "I think we've benefited a lot from the flexibility over the last few years," Forst answered. "We don't necessarily want to recreate the team every year because fans like the players who are here and we like the certainty of guys that we know, but that we've given ourselves the ability to (play it year by year) is a huge factor in our success."
  • One long-term commitment made this week was extending Coco Crisp, but Forst isn't concerned the A's are now bound to the center fielder through his age-37 season. "We think Coco is a little bit unique in his body type. Certainly when you get to that end of the spectrum, the track record isn't good in how guys have performed, particularly where we are now in terms of hopefully being beyond (PED use). But you always are taking a risk — I mean, we dealt with it on Bartolo (Colon), dealing with a guy who performed at 39, and 40, how far is he really going to go? So that's a question we really have to take into account every time."
  • Astros GM Jeff Luhnow knows his grand plan will be on display during Spring Training as several of the team's top prospects are scheduled to take part in their Major League camp, reports Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. "I do think for our fans, especially the ones that are going to come out to Kissimmee and ones that are going to listen on the radio and watch on TV, it's fun for them to be able to see, to get a glimpse," Luhnow said.
  • Left-hander Nate Robertson has spoken with several clubs about an opportunity to win a bullpen spot this spring, tweets FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi. Robertson, who hasn't appeared in the Majors since 2010, spent last season with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate pitching to a 3.04 ERA, 7.2 K/9, and 4.1 BB/9 in 45 relief outings covering 50 1/3 innings.

13 Responses to AL West Notes: A’s, Crisp, Astros, Robertson Leave a Reply

  1. Tigers72 1 year ago

    Poor Mariners, Beane said everybody improved but them in their division.

    • OaklandFan22 1 year ago

      Well I think its apparent they improved. I dont think he needed to state it.

    • RyanWKrol 1 year ago

      He also said the division improved itself, which means everybody.

  2. The Crisp extension was a smart move. If Crisp puts up numbers close to what he did in 2013, someone else would overpay for his services. 11 million isn’t chump change, but it’s a good value for what he brings to the table.

  3. Jose Ochoa 1 year ago

    This is going to be a fun division to watch next to the al

    • JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

      You mean ahead of the AL East.

    • JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

      You mean ahead of the AL East.

  4. Ruben_Tomorrow 1 year ago

    Nate, the Wichita Wingnuts (the team that you own) could use your services again.

  5. brian310 1 year ago

    Sox need a second lefty in the pen. Robertson can battle it out with Veal, Leesman, Evan Crawford,Surkamp and Mauricio Robles

  6. MadmanTX 1 year ago

    Nice of Billy to give the Angels a verbal pat on the head, but I think he knows that the A’s main competition for the division is the Rangers.

  7. Iconoclast17 1 year ago

    $11 million for Crisp is an overpayment, but there’s nobody down on the farm to replace him at the moment and he’s a Beane favorite. Coco did have an excellent year in 2013, but it’s doubtful he can repeat that again.
    Imagine how good the A’s would be now if Beane hadn’t traded Carlos Gonzales and Houston Street for 1/2 a season of Matt Holiday and what ultimately became the immortal Michael Taylor.

  8. RyanWKrol 1 year ago

    Funny considering the only reason the Rangers had a winning record was their record vs the AL West. And especially considering Holland is out for at least half the season with not much depth to replace him. The division is up for grabs dude.

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