Athletics Extend Coco Crisp

2:45pm: Crisp receives $11MM in 2015 and 2016, and his vesting option is worth $13MM with a $750K buyout, Slusser tweets.

2:38pm: John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports that Crisp's extension guarantees him $22.75MM (Twitter link). Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the option breakdown: Crisp's 2017 option will vest if any of these conditions are met: 550 PAs in 2016; 1100 PAs in 2015-16; 130 games played in 2016; or 260 games played from 2015-16 with at least 110 of those coming in 2016.

1:41pm: The Athletics have announced (via Twitter) a two-year extension for center fielder Coco Crisp that includes a vesting option for the 2017 season. The Steve Comte client had been scheduled to hit free agency following the 2014 campaign but is now controllable by the A's through his age-37 season.


Crisp, who turned 34 in November, slugged a surprising 22 homers in 2013 — a new career-best. Those 22 homers were accompanied by 21 stolen bases (in 26 attempts) and a strong .261/.335/.444 triple-slash line, resulting in career-highs in OPS+ (119) and wRC+ (117). Ultimate Zone Rating pegged Crisp's glove in center field as slightly below average for the the third straight season, but Defensive Runs Saved rated him at +6 runs and feels he's been slightly above average in that same three-year span.

Crisp originally came to the A's on a one-year, $5.25MM deal prior to the 2010 season. Oakland exercised a $5.75MM club option for the 2011 season and then re-upped with Crisp on a two-year, $14MM contract following the completion of that campaign. Earlier this offseason, GM Billy Beane picked up his primary leadoff hitter's $7.5MM option. All told, he's earned $31MM in his Athletics career to this point (including his 2014 salary) and rewarded the team with a .264/.327/.417 batting line, solid defense in center field and elite value on the basepaths. Dating back to 2010, only four players in baseball — Michael Bourn, Elvis Andrus, Drew Stubbs and Rajai Davis — have added more value on the basepaths than Crisp, per Fangraphs.

Crisp should be flanked corner outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick for at least the next two seasons in Oakland. His extension weakens what already looked to be a thin market for free agent position players next offseason — particularly outfielders. Brett Gardner and Colby Rasmus are among the top names in next year's class, which also includes aging sluggers such as Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham. Rebound campaigns from Chris Young, Grady Sizemore, Melky Cabrera and/or Nick Markakis could improve the outlook.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

59 Responses to Athletics Extend Coco Crisp Leave a Reply

  1. Junior7188 1 year ago

    yup waste of money, should of signed raul ibanez before 😉

    • DerekJeterDan 1 year ago

      Coco Crisp’s WAR 2010 – 2013 +/-
      3.2, 2.4, 2.7, 4.3. Crisp is 34 years old, plays CF.

      Raul Ibanez WAR 2010 – 2013 +/-
      0.2, -2.3, 0.3, 0.4. Ibanez is 41 years old, platoon DH.

      Yes let’s give Ibanez that money! Brilliant idea.

    • GeronimoJansen 1 year ago

      Should HAVE signed Raul Ibanez. Either way, it’s a terrible idea.

  2. OMG510 1 year ago


  3. JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago


  4. monroe_says 1 year ago

    from the face on a cereal box to the face of the franchise.

  5. start_wearing_purple 1 year ago

    Good move for the A’s.

  6. Jesse Rodriguez 1 year ago

    Perfect! Great extension, coco crisp the engine. Let’s try and extend Cespedes now

    • Jason Champion 1 year ago


    • JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

      Now would be a good time to do it too, after a down year. The raw talent is there, and he should only get better.

    • Guest 1 year ago

      According to Jane Lee, Cespedes just said that he, too, would like an extension, and that he would like to continue to play his whole career with the A’s.

      I can’t help but take that with a grain of salt at this point, though. In the past he’s always said that the reason he wanted to find a 4-year deal somewhere is because he wanted to become a free agent again at age 30. So it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

      • liberalconservative 1 year ago

        Cespedes better start producing to get a contract. Last year he was terrible.

  7. Joey Miller 1 year ago

    Yes! This was a great move by the A’s front office.

    Coco Crisp played a big part in the back-to-back American League West titles for the A’s.

    He has speed, power, and makes great plays in the outfield (although I wish he had a stronger arm).

    I’m ready for the 2014 MLB season to start! I’ll be at the A’s FanFest tomorrow!!

    Go A’s.

  8. Cabro Epico 1 year ago

    Most of the time, the team goes as Coco goes. Hopefully they can rest him enough so he doesn’t get injured too often

  9. mmiller54 1 year ago

    Billy Beane loves having Coco Crisp (for breakfast).

  10. $1534453 1 year ago

    Good move! Crisp has been such a vital part of the A’s recent success, it’s nice to know that he’ll still be around after the 2014 season.

    When Coco is hot, the A’s are really tough to beat. And I have a lot of confidence that he still has some good years left in him. He’ll obviously continue needing a lot of days off to stay fresh. But that’s far from alarming, considering his least productive year with the A’s (2011) was the year that he played in the most games for them.

    • Jesse Rodriguez 1 year ago

      Honestly I’m praying Gentry beats out Reddick for the RF job. Having Crisp and Gentry going 1-2 on the daily basis would be scary for opposing teams

      • deadgeorge 1 year ago

        If Gentry is batting above the eighth slot this year it means something has gone horribly wrong. Not knocking him, but this aint your granddaddy’s A’s offense.

        • bobbybaseball 1 year ago

          If Gentry was starting he would be an ideal candidate for leadoff. Gets on base, very fast. .370 OBP last year.

      • Damon Musha 1 year ago

        Prefer Lowrie in the 2 hole, Gentry batting 9th and having Coco as leadoff. Donaldson #3, Yo @ 4 and Moss as your #5 guy. But then again, these are the A’s so that means a different order just about every day!

        • bobbybaseball 1 year ago

          I just don’t see Crisp and Gentry getting on the field at the same time unfortunately. Gentry’s value is as a CFer.

      • Damon Musha 1 year ago

        Prefer Lowrie in the 2 hole, Gentry batting 9th and having Coco as leadoff. Donaldson #3, Yo @ 4 and Moss as your #5 guy. But then again, these are the A’s so that means a different order just about every day!

      • bobbybaseball 1 year ago

        I, too, would love to see Gentry get some playing time but not in RF, he has no power. I don’t understand why this guy has never been given a full season to see what he can do. He is a terrific defensive CFer who runs fast and gets on base.

  11. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Much rather have Crisp for 3 years than Ellsbury for 7, another solid move for Billy Bean.

    • pft2 1 year ago

      Both are signed through their age 37 seasons. Coco is cheaper but I bet Ellsbuy outperforms him by a wide margin the next 3 years

      • JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

        Well, he hasn’t outperformed him by a wide margin the last three years, so I’ll take I’d take Coco @ 3/$35m over Ellsbury @ 3/$63m.

    • johnsilver 1 year ago

      Any stinking day of the week, like 1000 times out of 1000.

      3y sign vs 7y on a guy with the same exact tools and abilities when both are somewhat injury prone?. 4y age difference only thing, same defense, but one has a week arm? EASY choice… Oakland wins hands down here and saves 120m.

    • idk 1 year ago

      Why do you people always feel the need to compare what the Yankees do with their money. They have the money. It’s not your money. It’s not my money. Don’t be bitter because your team can’t afford to spend recklessly.

  12. Sufferfortribe 1 year ago

    Man, I wish my Indians had never let him go. Coco is someone I like to watch play the game. And at the time the Tribe let him go, my son had just decided that Coco was his favorite player. Thanks for breaking my son’s heart, Cleveland. He’s never felt the same about baseball since.

  13. DMiles5149 1 year ago

    Coco is the definition of underrated. Good player.

  14. Damon Musha 1 year ago

    I hardly know what to say, considering that we A’s fans are so used to losing just about everyone to free agency. Thank you, Billy Beane!
    Coco is a definite fan favorite. Great guy w/boundless energy. When Coco’s in the lineup, the A’s win…

  15. CRAIG WILLIAMS 1 year ago

    why would Junior 7188 come up with that Idea, maybe he is a Giants fan. looking for a hope that the A’s don’t make the playoff and trade or release him at the end of the seasons great Idea man

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  18. Snoochies8 1 year ago

    First thought is….meh

    Extending Coco after a career year at his age seems sort of mistake-ish. He’s not going to replicate those numbers plus the A’s have Gentry who’s a better defensive CF and as good of a hitter.

    However, it’s a short extension at not too expensive a price, so that’s not bad at all

  19. Phenomenal Smith 1 year ago

    I’m not sure I would call him “controllable…through his age-37 season” when his 10/5 rights activate after 2014 and he can’t be traded without his permission.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

      Teams still control a player even if he has no trade rights, its not like he can void his deal and become a FA just because he has 10/5 rights.

  20. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 1 year ago

    Coco Crisp has to be one the best active names in baseball

  21. Eduardo Medina 1 year ago

    Thank you for this Brad Pitt

  22. 416jays 1 year ago

    Money ball!!

    • Charlie Burns 1 year ago

      At 11 million a year? No.

      • JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

        Moneyball doesn’t mean penny pinching.

        • Charlie Burns 1 year ago

          No, it means finding players who are being undervalued and paying that value instead of what they truly are worth. This is about market value for Coco, and that makes it not moneyball.

          • JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

            In 2013, Crisp and Ellsbury were 60 and 61 in OPS. Ellsbury got 7/$153 while Crisp got 2/$22.75. In 2012, he and Pence were 95 and 96 in OPS, and Pence got 5/$90. I’d say that’s undervalued in terms of both AAV and number of years.

          • Charlie Burns 1 year ago

            Not whenever Coco is already 34, and both Pence and Ellsbury are 30, and put up similar defensive numbers with a slightly higher offensive numbers (short of Coco’s last year fluke 20 homer season) it is still only market value for Coco and not a steal.

          • JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

            You don’t think Crisp would have gotten more than 2/$22.75 guaranteed on the FA market this offseason?

  23. FamousGrouse 1 year ago

    The Ramones. Johnny-Joey-DeeDee-Marky-Coco

  24. Ace McCloud® 1 year ago

    Nice to have Coco in the green and gold for a few more seasons.

  25. Pennsy 1 year ago

    Informal poll- Has anybody yet to get over the fact that his name is Coco Crisp? Because I can’t imagine how anyone could.

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