The annual Coco Crisp rumor’ve discussed Coco coming to the Braves on several occasions, and now may be the time. Oakland has a crowded outfield, with newly acquired Chris Young, Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick. They need a SS — Tyler Pastornicky alone may not do it, but packaged with a prospect the A’s may bite.

Crisp, 33, is signed through 2013 with a team option for 2014 at $7-$7.5 million per. So the Braves can afford him.

Like Victornio, who’s apparently going to receive more than the Braves are willing to pay, Crisp is not an ideal lead-off hitter. His .325 OBP last year was a shade below his career mark. But he struck out only 64 times in 2012 and he is perhaps the most skilled baserunner in the majors, stealing 120 bases in 136 attempts over the last 3 years with Oakland.


3 thoughts on “The annual Coco Crisp rumor

  1. I’m still baffled by Pastor’s relatively high prospect status going into last season. Other than his apparent smarts and tenacity, I don’t see much of a ballplayer in him. One look at Simmons when we first brought him up told a completely different story, so it’s a freaking wonder he was actually ranked a lesser prospect at the time. With that said, if anyone will bite on Pastornicky I think Oakland will, but, as you say, I think they’ll want a throw-in as well. I really like Crisp – he’d be a great fit – but I wouldn’t give up much more than, say, Pastor and Gilmartin OR just Nick Ahmed. No way the A’s pick up his option and if they’re looking to shed payroll (and they always are), they’ll do it now rather than after next season.

    These last couple of weeks have been pretty damn exciting and it only gets better. Fowler and Upton are my ideal candidates right now, but I’d be happy to take Crisp if it gives us greater flexibility and allows Wren to solidify the bench and have some change left midseason.

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