A’s close to signing Crisp
The Oakland Athletics were closing in on a deal Sunday with
free-agent outfielder Coco Crisp on a one-year contract with a club
option for the 2011 season.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed an
impending deal on condition of anonymity because a formal
announcement had not been made by the club. That could come soon.
The 30-year-old Crisp can play all three outfield positions
but is primarily a center fielder. While the A’s have been happy
with Rajai Davis, he might wind up playing one of the corner spots
to clear room for Crisp in center.
Crisp underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in June and
batted .228 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in only 49 games last
season for the Kansas City Royals, who last month declined their $8
million option to bring Crisp back in 2010.
Crisp, who could bat leadoff or high in the order for the
A’s, has said he expects to be full strength by the start of spring
training in February.
He was traded to the Royals from the Boston Red Sox in
November 2008. He spent parts of three seasons with Boston
following four years with the Cleveland Indians. Before his
shortened 2009 campaign, the speedy Crisp had stolen at least 15
bases in all but his rookie season with Cleveland in ’02.
Crisp would be just the latest move in an active winter for
Oakland general manager Billy Beane, who earlier this month
acquired third baseman Jake Fox, second baseman Aaron Miles and
cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for three players.
Oakland also was included in the big four-team, nine-player
swap Wednesday featuring Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay that brought
outfielder Michael Taylor to the A’s. Oakland sent third baseman
Brett Wallace to Toronto.
Beane is committed to largely rebuilding the organization
from the ground up, starting at the lowest levels of the farm
system, while finding key pieces from the outside that fit the mix.
The A’s finished with 75 wins for the second straight season
and in last place in the AL West, losing their final seven games.