Indians acquire OF Coco Crisp for pennant drive from A's

FILE - In this July 22, 2016, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp swings for the game winning hit against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th inning of a baseball game, in Oakland, Calif. The Cleveland Indians have bolstered their outfield depth by acquiring Coco Crisp in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. The AL Central leaders sent minor league pitcher Colt Hynes and cash to the As for Crisp, who began his career with Cleveland in 2002. The 36-year-oldl gives the club another switch-hitter, more speed and postseason experience. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
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CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have added outfield depth by acquiring Coco Crisp in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.

The AL Central leaders sent pitcher Colt Hynes and cash to the A's for Crisp, who began his career with Cleveland in 2002. The 36-year-old gives the club another switch-hitter, more speed and postseason experience.

Crisp can play left or center field. The Indians were in the market for another outfielder after Michael Brantley had to undergo season-ending surgery and Abraham Almonte was disqualified from the postseason following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

Crisp batted .235 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 102 games this season. Thanks to the trade, he goes from playing on a last-place club to the Indians, who enter Wednesday's games leading their division by 4+ games.

Crisp previously played for Indians manager Terry Francona in Boston.