A's Coco Crisp has mixed feelings about moving to left field
MAR 4, 9:11p ET | Adrian Garro
Rotowire: Mar 4 / 8:47a ET
News: The A's are planning on moving Crisp to left field for the 2015 season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: The A's are making the move in order to keep Crisp healthier during the season after he missed a total of 36 games in 2014. Crisp also has a very poor arm in the outfield and moving to left would mitigate that weakness. In addition, multiple defensive metrics (his UZR rating per 150 defensive games was an abysmal -24.1) graded him very poorly in center field in 2014. Crisp hit only .246 with nine homers and 19 stolen bases in 2014 as he dealt with a lingering neck issue for most of the season after crashing into the wall in early May.
Rotowire: Feb 28 / 9:39p ET
News: Crisp will likely miss the start of the Cactus League season due to a case of pinkeye, reports John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Impact: Crisp suffered from pinkeye in September of 2012 and amazingly has contracted it again. The few days should not affect Coco being ready for the start of the regular season in any way. The A's were already planning on limiting Crisp's appearances in center field early in the spring in order to keep him fresh.