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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
18 6627 .265 .327 .402 .262 25.6
Birth Date11-1-1979
Height5' 10"
Weight185 lbs
Age38 years, 8 months, 16 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2002 CLE 22 32 143 127 16 33 9 2 1 49 11 19 0 2 3 9 4 1 .260 .314 .386 .250 1.1 0.1 0.1
2003 CLE 23 99 447 414 55 110 15 6 3 146 23 51 0 3 7 27 15 9 .266 .302 .353 .239 2.9 6.4 0.9
2004 CLE 24 139 538 491 78 146 24 2 15 219 36 69 0 2 9 71 20 13 .297 .344 .446 .264 19.5 1.9 2.1
2005 CLE 25 145 656 594 86 178 42 4 16 276 44 81 0 5 13 69 15 6 .300 .345 .465 .281 31.4 11.9 4.4
2006 BOS 26 105 452 413 58 109 22 2 8 159 31 67 1 0 7 36 22 4 .264 .317 .385 .238 6.4 -1.4 0.5
2007 BOS 27 145 591 526 85 141 28 7 6 201 50 84 1 5 9 60 28 6 .268 .330 .382 .248 17.4 28.0 4.5
2008 BOS 28 118 409 361 55 102 18 3 7 147 35 59 1 4 8 41 20 7 .283 .344 .407 .262 15.1 -4.3 1.1
2009 KCA 29 49 215 180 30 41 8 5 3 68 29 23 1 1 4 14 13 2 .228 .336 .378 .241 6.3 -1.9 0.4
2010 OAK 30 75 328 290 51 81 14 4 8 127 30 49 0 5 3 38 32 3 .279 .342 .438 .281 22.5 1.5 2.5
2011 OAK 31 136 583 531 69 140 27 5 8 201 41 65 1 6 4 54 49 9 .264 .314 .379 .261 21.7 2.5 2.6
2012 OAK 32 120 508 455 68 118 25 7 11 190 45 64 0 2 6 46 39 4 .259 .325 .418 .272 23.3 -1.5 2.3
2013 OAK 33 131 584 513 93 134 22 3 22 228 61 65 0 8 2 66 21 5 .261 .335 .444 .295 38.6 -0.9 4.1
2014 OAK 34 126 536 463 68 114 21 3 9 168 66 66 0 6 47 19 5 .246 .336 .363 .282 25.7 -19.3 0.7
2015 OAK 35 44 139 126 11 22 6 0 0 28 13 25 0 0 0 6 2 0 .175 .252 .222 .176 -7.0 -2.8 -1.1
2016 CLE 36 20 64 53 9 11 3 0 2 20 9 13 0 0 2 8 3 0 .208 .323 .377 .255 1.7 -0.6 0.1
2016 OAK 36 102 434 393 45 92 24 4 11 157 37 65 0 2 2 47 7 5 .234 .299 .399 .253 7.4 -4.7 0.3
Career15866627593087715723085713023845618655517963930979.265.327.402.262234.015.225.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1999 JCY Rk 0 275 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PEO A 0 114 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NWJ A- 0 146 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 POT A+ 139 591 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB 32 143 .250 .262 .323 .422 .261 .294 99 -1.6 3.8 0.3 0.1 -1.5 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2002 AKR AA 7 36 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .414 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 NHV AA 89 397 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA 4 21 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .263 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CLE MLB 99 447 .239 .267 .326 .427 .262 .295 94 -10.1 12.2 -1.2 6.4 2.1 2.9 0.9 2.9 0.9
2003 BUF AAA 56 267 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .383 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB 139 538 .264 .272 .337 .434 .262 .320 103 2.5 16.0 -0.2 1.9 1.2 19.5 2.1 19.5 2.1
2005 CLE MLB 145 656 .281 .268 .329 .428 .264 .323 100 14.6 18.9 -4.1 11.9 2.0 31.4 4.4 31.4 4.4
2006 BOS MLB 105 452 .238 .269 .333 .423 .255 .299 105 -11 13.6 1.2 -1.4 2.6 6.4 0.5 6.4 0.5
2006 PAW AAA 1 4 .300 .319 .376 .514 .324 .333 98 0.2 0.1 0 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2007 BOS MLB 145 591 .248 .270 .336 .418 .262 .306 102 -8.1 17.5 1.6 28.0 6.3 17.4 4.5 17.4 4.5
2008 BOS MLB 118 409 .262 .262 .333 .410 .260 .318 107 0.7 11.8 1.1 -4.3 1.5 15.1 1.1 15.1 1.1
2009 KCA MLB 49 215 .241 .270 .336 .431 .263 .245 104 -4.4 6.2 0.6 -1.9 4.0 6.3 0.4 6.3 0.4
2010 OAK MLB 75 328 .281 .257 .320 .405 .254 .307 102 7 9.0 0.7 1.5 5.7 22.5 2.5 22.5 2.5
2010 STO A+ 2 7 .864 .282 .342 .421 .271 .800 90 4.6 0.2 0 -0.2 -0.4 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2010 SAC AAA 6 24 .540 .313 .376 .488 .291 .684 82 7.7 0.7 0.1 -0.7 0.5 8.9 0.8 8.9 0.8
2011 OAK MLB 136 583 .261 .255 .316 .397 .259 .284 96 0.3 15.7 1.4 2.5 4.3 21.7 2.6 21.7 2.6
2012 OAK MLB 120 508 .272 .253 .315 .409 .262 .280 95 5.9 13.9 0.4 -1.5 3.1 23.3 2.3 23.3 2.3
2013 OAK MLB 131 584 .295 .256 .319 .405 .267 .258 95 19.4 15.4 -0.3 -0.9 4.1 38.6 4.1 38.6 4.1
2014 OAK MLB 126 536 .282 .252 .313 .387 .262 .266 95 11.3 13.8 0.1 -19.3 0.4 25.7 0.7 25.7 0.7
2015 OAK MLB 44 139 .176 .247 .308 .392 .252 .218 97 -11.5 3.8 -0.8 -2.8 1.5 -7.0 -1.1 -7.0 -1.1
2015 STO A+ 7 31 .277 .243 .293 .369 .261 .182 90 0.5 0.8 -0.3 0.1 0.6 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2016 CLE MLB 20 64 .255 .239 .311 .384 .246 .237 114 -0.3 1.8 -0.5 -0.6 0.7 1.7 0.1 1.7 0.1
2016 OAK MLB 102 434 .253 .259 .321 .422 .259 .254 96 -3 12.3 -1.9 -4.7 0.0 7.4 0.3 7.4 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 JCY Rk 275 55 59 5 4 3 22 44 41 27 6 .258 .382 .354 .096 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PEO A 114 14 27 9 0 0 7 16 15 7 3 .276 .377 .367 .092 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NWJ A- 146 18 32 5 0 0 14 11 22 25 3 .239 .301 .276 .037 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 POT A+ 591 80 162 23 3 11 47 52 64 39 21 .306 .364 .423 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA 21 3 5 1 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 .238 .238 .286 .048 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 NHV AA 397 61 107 16 1 9 47 36 56 26 10 .301 .361 .428 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 AKR AA 36 9 13 1 0 1 4 3 3 4 0 .406 .444 .531 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB 143 16 33 9 2 1 9 11 19 4 1 .260 .314 .386 .126 .250 1.1 0.1 0.1
2003 CLE MLB 447 55 110 15 6 3 27 23 51 15 9 .266 .302 .353 .087 .239 2.9 6.4 0.9
2003 BUF AAA 267 42 81 19 6 1 24 26 24 20 8 .360 .423 .511 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB 538 78 146 24 2 15 71 36 69 20 13 .297 .344 .446 .149 .264 19.5 1.9 2.1
2005 CLE MLB 656 86 178 42 4 16 69 44 81 15 6 .300 .345 .465 .165 .281 31.4 11.9 4.4
2006 BOS MLB 452 58 109 22 2 8 36 31 67 22 4 .264 .317 .385 .121 .238 6.4 -1.4 0.5
2006 PAW AAA 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 .300 0.2 -0.1 0.0
2007 BOS MLB 591 85 141 28 7 6 60 50 84 28 6 .268 .330 .382 .114 .248 17.4 28.0 4.5
2008 BOS MLB 409 55 102 18 3 7 41 35 59 20 7 .283 .344 .407 .125 .262 15.1 -4.3 1.1
2009 KCA MLB 215 30 41 8 5 3 14 29 23 13 2 .228 .336 .378 .150 .241 6.3 -1.9 0.4
2010 STO A+ 7 2 5 0 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 .833 .857 1.667 .833 .864 4.4 -0.2 0.4
2010 SAC AAA 24 7 13 2 1 0 5 2 3 2 1 .591 .625 .773 .182 .540 8.9 -0.7 0.8
2010 OAK MLB 328 51 81 14 4 8 38 30 49 32 3 .279 .342 .438 .159 .281 22.5 1.5 2.5
2011 OAK MLB 583 69 140 27 5 8 54 41 65 49 9 .264 .314 .379 .115 .261 21.7 2.5 2.6
2012 OAK MLB 508 68 118 25 7 11 46 45 64 39 4 .259 .325 .418 .158 .272 23.3 -1.5 2.3
2013 OAK MLB 584 93 134 22 3 22 66 61 65 21 5 .261 .335 .444 .183 .295 38.6 -0.9 4.1
2014 OAK MLB 536 68 114 21 3 9 47 66 66 19 5 .246 .336 .363 .117 .282 25.7 -19.3 0.7
2015 STO A+ 31 6 6 1 0 2 4 4 3 0 0 .222 .323 .481 .259 .277 1.7 0.1 0.2
2015 OAK MLB 139 11 22 6 0 0 6 13 25 2 0 .175 .252 .222 .048 .176 -7.0 -2.8 -1.1
2016 CLE MLB 64 9 11 3 0 2 8 9 13 3 0 .208 .323 .377 .170 .255 1.7 -0.6 0.1
2016 OAK MLB 434 45 92 24 4 11 47 37 65 7 5 .234 .299 .399 .165 .253 7.4 -4.7 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1430 0.4958 0.4441 0.8362 0.6248 0.2663 0.9142 0.6563 0.1638 628 0.000673
2009 828 0.4952 0.3973 0.8693 0.5390 0.2584 0.9186 0.7685 0.1307 396 -0.001798
2010 1199 0.4921 0.3953 0.8460 0.5712 0.2250 0.8902 0.7372 0.1540 617 0.003447
2011 2004 0.4840 0.4441 0.8618 0.6227 0.2766 0.9222 0.7343 0.1382 899 -0.002955
2012 1823 0.5003 0.4174 0.8436 0.5976 0.2371 0.9064 0.6852 0.1564 868 0.006206
2013 2342 0.4979 0.4048 0.8671 0.5995 0.2117 0.9227 0.7108 0.1329 1148 -0.000695
2014 2139 0.4993 0.3871 0.8575 0.5618 0.2129 0.9250 0.6798 0.1425 1089 -0.009004
2015 531 0.4783 0.4124 0.7808 0.5984 0.2419 0.8487 0.6269 0.2192 270 0.004860
2016 1891 0.4939 0.4199 0.8136 0.5910 0.2529 0.9058 0.6033 0.1864 0 0.000000
Career141870.49430.41430.84680.59230.24030.9120.68880.1532740.8915-0.0007

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-30 2014-09-05 DTD 6 5 - Neck Strain Running Into Wall -
2014-07-27 2014-08-04 DTD 8 7 - Neck Inflammation Degenerative Changes -
2014-07-25 2014-07-26 DTD 1 1 - Neck Soreness -
2014-07-10 2014-07-18 DTD 8 4 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-06-12 2014-06-13 DTD 1 0 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-06-08 2014-06-09 DTD 1 1 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-06-04 2014-06-05 DTD 1 1 - Neck Stiffness -
2014-05-21 2014-05-21 DTD 0 0 - Neck Soreness - -
2014-05-08 2014-05-16 DTD 8 6 - Neck Strain - -
2014-04-14 2014-04-15 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2014-04-07 2014-04-11 DTD 4 3 Left Wrist Inflammation - -
2013-09-03 2013-09-03 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2013-08-13 2013-08-17 DTD 4 4 - Wrist Soreness - -
2013-08-12 2013-08-13 DTD 1 1 - Wrist Soreness - -
2013-07-01 2013-07-02 DTD 1 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-06-12 2013-06-15 DTD 3 3 - Foot Soreness Heel - -
2013-04-30 2013-05-15 15-DL 15 14 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-04-13 2013-04-15 DTD 2 2 - Groin Strain - -
2013-04-06 2013-04-06 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2013-03-01 2013-03-02 Camp 1 0 - Neck Soreness - -
2012-09-26 2012-09-28 DTD 2 2 - Infection - -
2012-09-22 2012-09-25 DTD 3 3 - Infection Conjunctivitis - -
2012-09-19 2012-09-21 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness Conjunctivitis - -
2012-08-28 2012-08-29 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2012-07-29 2012-08-02 DTD 4 4 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-07-14 2012-07-18 DTD 4 3 Left Shoulder Strain Swinging - -
2012-05-03 2012-05-21 15-DL 18 16 - General Medical Illness Inner Ear Infection - -
2012-05-01 2012-05-02 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Sinus Infection - -
2012-04-24 2012-04-27 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness Inner Ear Infection - -
2012-04-18 2012-04-23 DTD 5 5 - General Medical Illness Inner Ear Infection - -
2011-09-10 2011-09-15 DTD 5 5 Right Foot Contusion - -
2011-09-04 2011-09-07 DTD 3 3 Right Foot Contusion - -
2011-08-07 2011-08-14 DTD 7 6 - Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2011-06-15 2011-06-16 DTD 1 1 Foot Soreness Heel -
2011-05-02 2011-05-03 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2011-04-27 2011-05-01 DTD 4 3 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2011-04-25 2011-04-25 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2011-04-13 2011-04-13 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2011-03-19 2011-03-22 Camp 3 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-09-19 2010-10-04 DTD 15 15 Left Fingers Fracture Little Finger Sliding Into Third Base -
2010-09-07 2010-09-07 DTD 0 0 Knee Soreness -
2010-07-04 2010-07-04 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-07-01 2010-07-02 DTD 1 1 Soreness -
2010-05-23 2010-06-22 15-DL 30 28 Right Trunk Strain Intercostal -
2010-04-03 2010-05-21 15-DL 48 42 Left Fingers Fracture Little Finger -
2010-03-10 2010-03-22 Camp 12 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-06-13 2009-10-05 60-DL 114 102 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2009-06-24
2009-06-06 2009-06-09 DTD 3 2 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-05-27 2009-06-02 DTD 6 4 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-05-21 2009-05-22 DTD 1 1 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2008-09-24 2008-09-28 DTD 4 3 Left Inflammation Big Toe -
2008-08-28 2008-08-31 DTD 3 3 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-07-09 2008-07-12 DTD 3 2 Forearm Soreness -
2008-06-19 2008-06-20 DTD 1 0 Left Hand Soreness -
2008-06-04 2008-06-04 DTD 0 0 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-05-14 2008-05-17 DTD 3 1 General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2008-05-01 2008-05-01 DTD 0 0 Knee Soreness -
2008-04-16 2008-04-24 DTD 8 8 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-03-06 2008-03-06 On-Alr 0 0 Face Surgery Root Canal 2008-03-06
2008-03-04 2008-03-17 Camp 13 0 Groin Soreness -
2007-09-24 2007-09-29 DTD 5 4 General Medical Illness Virus -
2007-09-18 2007-09-21 DTD 3 2 Back Soreness -
2007-09-14 2007-09-14 DTD 0 0 - Hip Soreness -
2007-08-12 2007-08-14 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness Virus -
2007-06-28 2007-07-03 DTD 5 4 Left Thumb Sprain -
2007-06-04 2007-06-04 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2007-05-05 2007-05-05 DTD 0 0 - Neck Spasms -
2007-04-23 2007-04-27 DTD 4 4 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2007-03-15 2007-03-24 Camp 9 0 Left Shoulder Stiffness -
2006-09-21 2006-10-01 DTD 10 9 Left Fingers Surgery Index Finger Old Fracture 2006-09-26
2006-09-10 2006-09-12 DTD 2 1 Left Fingers Soreness Index Finger -
2006-08-30 2006-08-31 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2006-05-16 2006-05-16 On-Alr 0 0 - General Medical Illness Kidney Stones -
2006-04-09 2006-05-28 15-DL 49 42 Left Fingers Fracture Index Finger - Sliding -
2005-08-02 2005-08-02 DTD 0 0 - Knee Contusion -
2005-05-18 2005-06-02 15-DL 15 13 Right Thumb Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 OAK $11,000,000
2015 OAK $11,000,000
2014 OAK $7,500,000
2013 OAK $7,000,000
2012 OAK $6,000,000
2011 OAK $5,750,000
2010 OAK $5,000,000
2009 KCA $6,083,333
2008 BOS $5,083,333
2007 BOS $3,833,333
2006 BOS $2,750,000
2005 CLE $364,900
2004 CLE $319,400
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$71,684,299
13 yrTotal$71,684,299

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 158 dSteve Comte2 years/$22M (2015-16), 2017 option

Details
  • 2 years/$22M (2015-16), plus 2017 option. Signed extension with Oakland 2/7/14. 15:$11M, 16:$11M, 17:$13M vesting option ($0.75M buyout). 2017 option guaranteed with 1) 550 plate appearances in 2016, or 2) 1,100 PAs in 2015-16, or 3) 130 games played in 2016, or 4) 260 games played in 2015-16, including 110 games in 2016. Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Oakland 8/31/16 with $2,673,497 remaining on contract ($1,923,497 in 2016 salary and $0.75M for 2017 buyout). Athletics pay Indians $1,673,497 as part of the deal. Cleveland declined 2017 option 11/16.
  • 2 years/$14M (2012-13), plus 2014 club option. Re-signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/5/12. 12:$6M, 13:$7M, 14:$7.5M club option, $1M buyout. Oakland exercised 2014 option 11/1/13.
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2010). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/23/09. 10:$4.75M, 11:$5.75M club option, $0.5M buyout.
  • 3 years/$15.5M (2007-09), plus 2010 club option. Signed extension with Boston 4/06. $1M signing bonus. 07:$3.5M, 08:$4.75M, 09:$5.75M, 10:$8M club option, $0.5M buyout. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Boston 12/11/08. Kansas City declined 2010 option 11/6/09.
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2006). Acquired by Boston in trade from Cleveland 1/06. Signed by Boston 2/06 (avoided arbitration, $3.05M-$2.35M).
  • 1 year/$0.3649 (2005). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3194M (2004). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/04.
  • 1 year (2003). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/03. Optioned to Triple-A 3/03. Recalled 6/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from St. Louis 8/02. Contract purchased 8/02. Optioned to Triple-A 8/02. Recalled 9/02.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 1999 (7-222).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Oakland seemed ready to put Crisp behind them for the last year of his contract after an atrociously bad 2015. There was just one problem: Crisp rebounded pretty nicely, enough so that he accused the A’s of benching him just to keep him from milestones that were in his contract as extra-pay incentives. But the story had a happy ending, or at least as happy an ending as a 36-year-old outfielder can get. Traded to Cleveland for the last month of the season, Crisp bolstered an outfield that had been seriously lacking in depth, and even notched the game-winning single in Game 3 of the World Series. Meanwhile, as Crisp enjoyed October baseball, the A’s were at home in a Twitter feud with 90s band Smash Mouth that started with a snide remark about Crisp’s contract. Certainly no longer an All-Star, but he got his game on and got paid all the same.
2016 Crisp, who was a catalyst during the A's 2012-14 playoff runs, endured the worst season of his career. Never known for his durability, he reached new depths of fragility. He injured his right elbow in spring training, with subsequent surgery to remove a bone chip and spurs disabling him until early May. Two weeks after his season debut he was 2-for-45 and aggravated an old neck injury, causing him to miss the next 2½ months. He fared a little better on returning in August, although a .607 OPS is hardly cause for celebration. There is no way to put a positive spin on Crisp's lost 2015. Any possible future success depends entirely on his good health. At his age, and with his track record, that is a lot to ask.
2015 Last year was a pain in the neck for Crisp. He ended up on the losing end of multiple run-ins with the outfield wall, and though it didn't require any stints on the disabled list, his neck woes cost him games on seven different occasions for stiffness, soreness and inflammation. After years of high-value work in center field, Crisp was bad last season, and every defensive metric supports that assessment. This might be a blip caused by the neck problems, as might be his diminished power, but maybe his speed and athleticism have just fallen off because he's in his mid-30s and that happens. He will need the wheels to bounce back if he is going to carry the weight of his contract, which, if the playing-time requirements vest, will carry through his age-37 season.
2014 Crisp is a force of nature. The leadoff hitter is a spark plug for the offense and a magnet for fans. Whether he's rocking an Afro, leading the Bernie lean or managing the pie cart in a post-game victory celebration, Coco stirs the milk in Oakland's cereal. He was electric to kick off the 2013 season, including a torrid stretch in which he hit four homers and four doubles in four games. His bat went into hibernation over the summer, but Crisp woke up in late August with another power surge that would make the Bash Brothers proud, hitting eight homers in a stretch of 14 games and padding his best slugging percentage since he was 25. He has single-handedly inspired more themed T-shirts than any A's player since Rickey Henderson; picking up his $7.5 million option for 2014 was no decision at all.
2013 Crisp was a lightning rod of intrigue in 2012. He battled a litany of medical ailments throughout the year, missing time for everything from inner-ear infections to pink eye, but Coco's presence was felt even when he was absent from the lineup. He was the instigator of the playful nostalgia of a B-rate '80s flick that made the "Bernie Lean" a fan craze and hip-hop rallying cry for an Athletics team that rose from the dead to contend. Crisp has more pop than the stereotypical speed demon and has hit particularly well at the Coliseum during his career. He has helped to re-brand a team that was perceived as reluctant on the basepaths, with a 90 percent success rate on stolen-base attempts that makes him worthy of the green light.
2012 Crisp's season began on an unsettling note when he was arrested in early March under suspicion of driving under the influence; he declared that the other car on the road with him was "the secret service" instead of a private security force that somehow allowed him to get behind the wheel after imbibing to excess. That idiocy aside, he did at least manage to stay healthy long enough to play more games than in any season since 2007 somehow avoiding an infection of a bizarre and disgusting neck piercing/tattoo combination just below his left ear and finished with his highest WARP in that span despite his lowest OBP since 2003. Though he re-upped via a two-year, $14 million deal in January, the signing of Yoenis Cespedes puts Crisp's future in doubt, both in center field, and with the A's, who now have a glut of left field options, most of whom could outhit him if given half a chance.
2011 When not dealing with rib soreness, a sprained ankle, or a couple of busted fingers, Crisp turned in a solid performance for an offensively-famished club, his first such offensive performance in several years. The plus defender put up numbers well in line with his career rates and stole a career-high 32 bases in just 35 attempts over less than half a season. Even when he hasn't hit, Crisp has been able to contribute via running and fielding, but for him to be a viable starter he needs to bring more with the stick, particularly versus right-handed pitchers, than he has for the past half-decade; 2010 was the first time since 2005 that he had been even an average producer at the plate. Combine uncertainty about hitting with durability issues, and you have a tough player to rely upon. Oakland picked up his very reasonable 2011 option, but the hope is that a healthy Crisp can repeat his 2010 performance and be flipped for some more future-oriented talent.
2010 Acquired from the Red Sox for reliever Ramon Ramirez, Crisp hit well in April, (.247/.371/.494) while the rest of the offense was in the doldrums. Perhaps here, at last, was one of the few Royals actually delivering some much-needed OBP. Sadly, Crisp's place in the revolution would be short-lived, as right shoulder pain killed his production, eventually resulting in a diagnosis of a torn labrum that required season-ending surgery; he later had the same procedure on his left shoulder. The Royals declined his $8 million club option for 2010, making him a free agent. Whatever the state of his health, it has been a long time since Crisp did anything interesting on offense, hitting .266/331/.389 in 417 games since 2005.
2009 Deficient in one aspect of his game or another during his time in Boston, Covelli's value is primarily housed beyond his batsmanship, in his baserunning and his fielding. Even so, last year he was an average center fielder offensively, thanks in part to boosting his liner rates, one that finally put him back around the numbers of his Cleveland days. The Royals will find out if Crisp's return from the offensive abyss is legitimate, or if, much like Crisp's attempts to fight the much larger James Shields this year, they are rushing headfirst into something they don't quite understand.
2008 Crisp's glovework in center field last year was astounding, a defensive performance that wouldn't have looked out of line in Andruw Jones' peak. That league-leading ERA the Sox pitchers' posted had everything to do with the team's league-best defense, which was anchored by Crisp. It's assumed that he'll be elsewhere by the time you read this, but the Sox could keep him around as a fourth outfielder to cover for the 50 games Drew and Ramirez will miss and as a defensive replacement for Manny.
2007 In trading for Crisp, the Sox appeared to get a younger, cheaper version of Johnny Damon. PECOTA saw it that way, projecting .295/.347/.445 (.276 EqA) for Crisp, compared to .290/.352/.423 (.274 EqA) for Damon. Legitimate comparison of the two players` 2006 campaigns was scuttled when Crisp broke a bone in his left index finger during the season`s opening week, and severe kidney stones prolonged his absence to seven weeks. His return was another data point in the annals of hitter drop-offs after hand injuries--despite putting the ball into play with about the same frequency, Crisp`s line-drive percentage dropped from 19.6 to 15.9, and the percentage of his fly balls that left the park dropped from 10.1 to 6.7. Late September X-rays showed that his fracture had regressed to where it was in mid-April, and Crisp underwent season-ending surgery. The perception that he was a disappointment in Boston, coupled with his cost certainty ($15.5 million over the next three years) ensured that his availability would be a hot topic over the winter, but the Sox should avoid the temptation to sell low because of one season derailed by a relatively random injury.
2006 One could argue that Covelli Loyce Crisp was rushed to the majors after being acquired from the Cardinals in the Chuck Finley deal, resulting in some harsh treatment in these pages. Crisp seems to have finally caught up to the league with his peak seasons still ahead of him. A career .299 hitter in the minors, Crisp has hit exactly that in the majors over the past two seasons. In 2005 he added twenty points of slugging, largely via doubles (he tied teammate Travis Hafner for fifth in the AL), and pushed his success rate on the bases past 70 percent. A better defender in left than he was in center, the Tribe can get away with Crisp hitting like a centerfielder in left if Grady Sizemore can hit like a corner outfielder while starting in center.
2005 Crisp had a decent year that looks a bit better than it actually was, adding power to his repertoire for the first time (his professional total in homers was 29). However, on the bases he was a hazard to himself and others. Kids: Friends don't let friends run the bases like Covelli Crisp. He's 39-for-62 in his career and should really be greeted with a permanent stop sign, if not flat out tackled by the coach as soon as he reaches first base. He showed surprisingly little instinct for center field and more aptitude for hitting lefties than righties, both of which should be clues as to how he might be better utilized in the futurerather than just knee-jerking him to center and to the top of the order because he's "speedy."
2004 Crisp showed improved command of the strike zone in the first half in Buffalo, working counts and doing those leadoffy things that could make him a very rich man. The problem is that Crisp's improvement was to get up to walking in almost 10% of his plate appearances, or the cusp of respectability; once brought up, he went back to flailing. His arm isn't going to help him stay in center, and until he shows any ability to really take command of the strike zone, he's more Thomas Howard than Kenny Lofton.
2003 Coco Crisp was the player to be named later in the Chuck Finley trade. The Indians see him as a leadoff hitter, and hes certainly capable of swiping bases, and his season line in the Eastern League was .310/.372/.437, so hes got the on-base skills as well. Looking over his minor league career though, he looks like another fourth outfielder in the making, and how many of those are floating around? If he develops some power and his defense improves, hell be interesting, but there are more guys like this floating around than potential planets in the Kuiper Belt.
2002 How can you not root for someone with that name? Crisp was tabbed the best hitting prospect in the Carolina League in 2001 by Baseball America, and he was the Cardinals' Minor League Player of the Year. Hes a natural left-handed hitter whom the Cardinals are teaching to switch-hit. Crisp has been noted for his confidence and aggressiveness. If he's going to make it to St. Louis as an outfielder, it's time to get it in gear immediately. For a 21-year-old, a .306 batting average in the Carolina League is good, not great.

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2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Yahoo league I am building for next year and thereafter. My roster is Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Brett Gardner, Dexter Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Coco Crisp, Carlos Ruiz, Travis Snider, Kyle (and Corey) Seager, Jason Heyward, Carlos Correa, Desmond Jennings, Javier Baez, Matt Harvey, Carlos Martinez, Jimmy Nelson, Edinson Volquez, Jonathan Paplebon, Chris Heston, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Cain and Sean Doolittle. 8 keepers allowed. Comments? Suggestions?
(TimLandry from Montreal Quebec Canada)
Keep Matt Harvey eight times. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)What is the effect of moving a player from center field to left field, the "easier" position? The Oakland A's made Coco Crisp move to left in 2012, and he wasn't happy about it but primarily because he had been promised he would be the everyday center fielder before Cespedes signed. Things might be different now that, watching games, it seems his neck issue has caused him to lose a step or two in the outfield.
(jeremykoo from SF, CA)
Certainly, it depends on the player and their skillset. You can't hide a player in centerfield, but it's possible to do so in left, depending on who the centerfielder is. A neck issue is going to affect a guy no matter where he plays, but a simple deterioration of skills is a different thing altogether. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)I'm reading a lot of comments that the Cespedes/Lester trade was a bad deal for Oakland. But I still think the Russell/Samardzija trade is the one that will haunt them. Your thoughts?
(Jim from St Paul)
A superficial (but still emotionally compelling) answer is: Lester pitched in a playoff game. There's a decent chance Samardzija never will, either because he's traded this offseason or because the A's don't quite have enough next year, sans a middle infield, a left fielder, a catcher who can be counted on defensively, a center fielder who can play even close to every day, etc. etc. etc. etc.

But more importantly, in the wake of the Cespedes/Lester trade, it became clear that Cespedes wasn't going to be in Oakland in 2015 no matter what. The question was what they could get back for him in the offseason vs. midyear 2014, and while the classic trade would have been to get prospects back for him, it's hardly unforgivable to instead take a two-month maybe-ace and add him to what was looking at the time like a real shot at a World Series trophy.

I'd hope it goes unsaid that all the bunk about how the Cespedes trade killed the A's offense is bunk. John Jaso's concussion and Brandon Moss' hip and Coco Crisp's neck and Stephen Vogt's foot, along with that unfortunate few weeks where both Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto were hurt at the same time all have a lot more to do with the A's regression in run-scoring than the mystical Cespedes and his magical protection abilities.

That said, if Jeff Samardzija pitches 2015 for the A's and pitches it as well as he did in 2014 for the A's (that 8:1 K:BB ratio is incredible) and Oakland gets back to the playoffs again despite looking for all the world like 2014 was the last gasp, then even that trade won't look quite so bad. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you think the A's go from here? Give it 1 more shot, or look to quasi re-build by getting rid of Jeff Samardzija, Josh Donaldson, etc?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Everybody is bad at predicting what Billy Beane is going to do in a given offseason. We're all horrible at it. I bet even David Forst and Farhan Zaidi have running bets between them about what's going to happen at work that day, and they're even.

So on the one hand, the A's have some serious holes and no obvious ways to fill them because their usual method ("trade all the prospects!" (by "usual," I mean "the last two years" and I'm assuming Beane won't zag just yet, which of course means he will)) is exhausted. On the other hand, the team signed Coco Crisp through at least 2016 (vesting option in '17), and why get the jump on that rather than wait-and-see if you don't intend to take your shots?

So I don't know, but my working assumption is that the A's aren't going to be selling, though I admit some intellectual curiosity regarding how much they could get back for Josh Donaldson, a player with three years of team control left, but no long-term deal signed, a late bloomer (next year is his age-29 season) and so his best years aren't ahead of him, an MVP candidate for two straight years now with a good offense+defense profile. I love rooting for him, so emotionally I don't want him to go anywhere, but if I were a fan of any other team, I'd want to see a trade just for the "what does that prospect package look like?" question. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty league trade: Coco Crisp + Alfredo Simon + Joaquin Benoit for Desmond + Craig Gentry + Jean Machi, fair trade or obvious winner?
(Jon from Detroit)
Depends a lot on the situations. In a vacuum I like the Desmond-Gentry-Machi side more, but it very much depends on need in my opinion. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Astros fire Porter?
(Bill from Wichita)
Nah. Porter is not the first manager to yell at an opponent, nor the first to get involved in a beanball war. He won't be the last, either.

In 2008 Joe Maddon got into a yelling match with Coco Crisp. The argument started because Crisp slid too hard into second base, which he did in response to Jason Bartlett blocking the bag with his leg. (Bartlett was and remains the master of that move.) Sure enough, James Shields hit two Red Sox in the first inning of the next game, including Crisp, who then charged the mound. So even the calmest, smartest of managers can get into hairy situations.

I wouldn't have fired Maddon then and I wouldn't fire Porter now. (That's not to say I support plunking or headhunting or anything like that; I can understand if you want managers held accountable for this stuff.)

Anyway, Think about it from Porter's POV. He's had to watch his team get stomped for the past year-plus, and he doesn't have someone like Shields, who won't let his team get disrespected without retribution. We can debate whether that stuff matters, but neither of us are part of the culture. Those who are seem to think it matters, and probably will until someone gets hurt/plunkings get banned. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Power & speed combination: who are your top five AL picks this season?
(John from CT)
Mike Trout
Jason Kipnis
Alex Rios
Coco Crisp
Shanf Victorian (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Trying to temper expectations with Cubs prospects - is Almora likely looking at a Coco Crisp-like outcome? Some power, some steals, very good CF defense, OBP heavily dependent on BA. (Disclaimer: I am a Cubs fan - don't hold it against me!)
(Dan from Idaho)
I think Almora ends up considerably better than Coco Crisp, and I say that with a full appreciation for the player Crisp has become. Almora is very talented and has a great feel for the game. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Michael Choice can crack the opening day roster for the A's? If so, what kind of season could you see him having? Thanks Matt!
(Mike from The Couch)
I think he could. It depends on whether or not there's an open spot in the outfield. How long is Josh Reddick out? Do the A's pick up Coco Crisp's option? Do they trade Cespedes and if so do they get an outfielder in return? (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Oakland, who stays and goes for 2014? Some choices are obvious -- Chris Young and Kurt Suzuki are gone. Grant Balfour and Bartolo Colon are probably not affordable. Brett Anderson, Seth Smith, and Josh Reddick are all non-tender candidates, though Smith and Reddick could be back because it doesn't look like Michael Choice is ready. How do they fix the middle of the infield? Jed Lowrie isn't going to put up this type of offense to make up for that poor of a glove and Eric Sogard and Albert Callaspo -- just, no. The Coliseum hides the total mediocre state of the A's rotation.
(Dave from Chicago)
Great question. Agree on Young and Suzuki. Balfour will probably price himself out of Oakland, a team that has no problem with a revolving door of closers. I think that Reddick sticks around, unless his homer counts exorbitantly drive up the price in his first year of arbitration. It will be interesting to see what Colon wants contractually, and the A's could easily bow out if he wants a multi-year deal. There is no way that the A's pay $8 million for Anderson next year, so his option will be declined, but it will be interesting to see if he re-signs on a one-year deal to re-establish his value. Coco Crisp will probably be taken up on his $7.5 million option, given his somewhat unique blend of speed and power in CF (as well as his clubhouse appeal). The A's like the power that Lowrie offers in the middle of the diamond, and their backup options are less than inspiring (Nakajima has turned out to be a waste of $6.5 million).

The A's pitching succeeds in many ways that are tough to see. Yes, the Coliseum and its immense foul territory certainly help, but the A's have an excellent system in place for pitcher development. They emphasize balance, posture, and pitch repetition - and they eschew the slide step! So they earn the benefit of the doubt when it comes to developing pitchers from within and identifying which arms to bring into the system.


On the jukebox: Aerosmith, "Ragdoll" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-04-25 12:30:00 (link to chat)Better fringe MVP candidate: Coco Crisp or... Shin-soo Choo? Jonathan Lucroy? Chris Davis?
(justarobert from Santa Clara, CA)
If Lucroy keeps getting as many borderline calls as he has thus far this season, he might be an actual MVP candidate. He's pretty much lapping the field right now. Of course, we're a ways away from a player getting award consideration because of his framing, so Choo makes a more likely choice. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Chris Young done anything positive in A's camp this year? Do you see him being a contributor to that team?
(Steve from IL)
He hasn't done much in the Cactus League at .231/.310/.385, but I don't really care about that. He's a really weird fit on the A's, who have Coco Crisp and perhaps Yoenis Cespedes who can play center field. So he's probably not worth as much to them as he might be elsewhere.

I wouldn't be stunned to see a trade from that outfield sometime this season if they develop a need in the rotation or elsewhere. (Zachary Levine)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)The A's outfield has fewer future openings than I expected, but will Michael Choice force his way into the discussion despite the injury setback?
(myshkin from Santa Clara)
Yes, Coco Crisp's contract expires after next year (though the A's do hold a team option) and I would expect to see Cespedes shift to center field and Choice slide into left when the latter is ready for the big leagues. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)How many bases has Coco Crisp's arm cost the A's? At least a dozen, I'd say. Is his range worth carrying the arm?
(alanbw from COMO)
BP has an app for that! I asked Colin Wyers to look into this for me, and he tells me that Crisp's arm has cost the A's about two runs (roughly three quarters of that from left field). So, maybe more like eight bases. We have Crisp's FRAA, overall, at 2.9. So, our system thinks Coco has been a net positive on defense despite the arm, and that more or less seems to have been the case throughout his career. A weak arm can be frustrating--I spent a lot of time watching Bernie Williams and Johnny Damon during my formative years, so I understand this well--but I think the effects are often overblown. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just wondering: 1> Which CC would you rather have for the rest of this year? Coco Crisp or Carl Crawford and 2> Could Jared Burton be the Twins closer next year? Thanks!
(Finley from Ontario)
If you're talking fantasy, probably Carl - although I wouldn't expect much beyond steals out of either of them. In real life, depends on how Crawford looks in the field I guess. At cost, definitely Coco though.

I suppose Burton could be the closer next year. He's having a pretty good season, but he looks to be a pretty normal reliever in general. I don't follow the Twins enough to know who their other options are. (Dan Turkenkopf)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)In mocks, I am seeing a ton of steals still on the board in the later rounds. What is your 2012 philosophy on steals?
(chiefsalsa from Utah)
You're right that there are a lot of late steals in mixed leagues this year. I like Ben Revere a lot for steals. Jose Altuve may be a decent MI speed source. Bonifacio can play everywhere. Even Coco Crisp is like a 15th rounder. Waiting on speed in a mixed league isn't a bad play this year. (Derek Carty)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the A's go into next season with the team as currently configured and the Rangers fail to sign Cliff Lee, are the A's legitimate contenders for the AL West?
(Dave from Chicago)
I like the pitching but where the hell is the offense supposed to come from on that team? They had three guys with TAvs above .275 last year, Jack Cust, Coco Crisp, and Daric Barton, and the first two are gone now. Yes, they'll have Chris Carter, but that's not enough.

Billy Beane's inability to build an offense in Oakland over the past several years is downright depressing. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Going forward in a standard league w/ OBP, SLG and OPS - Jay Bruce, Dexter Fowler, Coco Crisp or JD Drew?
(Jeff from South Jersey)
I like Fowler the least of all of those guys right now. Drew is the safe pick, Bruce the upside pick, and Crisp is hitting as well as he ever did before he busted his finger open in his first year with Boston (and has 22 steals!) to boot. So it depends on what you prefer/need more of--safety, upside, or if you want to get some steals out of it while you're at it. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, I look at Oakland's line-up without anyone I'd like on my fantasy team and can't understand how Pecota has them playing 500 ball. What are your thoughts on the A's?
(lennyd from Portland)
Either you don't have a lot of teams in your league, or you're very picky, or maybe you have no use for steals; while I'm not wild about an outfield with Coco Crisp and Rajai Davis in it as everyday players, they will snag bags. For pitching, whether you're in a keeper league or not, just go grab Brett Anderson. Like steals, saves are a commodity you should want, and Andrew Bailey's the real deal. Position-related supply/demand issues might encourage you to snag Kurt Suzuki or Mark Ellis. Basically, it's going to be a better real-world ballclub than a generator of traditional category fantasy stars. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Rios and now Juan Pierre? Who's advising the White Sox, Neel Kashkari?
(matuszek from Baltimore)
Chuck Tanner? Steve Boros? It's kooky, but then we're in a situation where we're debating the merits of Juan Pierre at $5 million plus versus a non-answer like Podzilla for under $2 million. Picking the former's the better answer if you start with the assumption neither's an offensive asset, since Podsednik's not a CF any more, but for that much? Why not check out Coco Crisp or Endy Chavez? (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)if you can project posey on the 2012 team, why not project bumgarner and alderson in the rotation. they might arrive before posey?
(BB from palo alto)
I'm a little more squeamish about making assumptions about the progression and health of pitchers in three years than I am about position players, for the simple reason that the position player is somewhat less likely to have a carer-altering shoulder or elbow surgery (don't tell Coco Crisp I said this). That said, even if we assume they'll be there and be good, there's still the matter of the rest of the lineup to figure out. The pitching staff could be good, the offense questionable, which is exactly the problem they have now. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Coco Crisp's ability to draw walks - sample size mirage, or a true gain that makes him a respectable leadoff hitter?
(BL from Bozeman)
He's flirted with this on occasion. I'm honestly not sure if it's real this time. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm kind of upset that Boston traded Coco Crisp. It seems like we don't have a suitable back-up for center field now. Am I worrying over nothing, or is this a legitimate lack on an otherwise deep team?
(Rob from Brighton)
You have a suitable backup for center field. However, he's starting. Ellsbury has to hit .310 to be viable, and he won't do that most years. Baldelli is the guy they want to be the fourth outfielder, which is an upside play in that role. If Baldelli can play 3-4 times a week, the Sox are fine. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)It appears to me that Dayton Moore in essence swapped Leo Nunez, RamRam, and any semblance of financial flexibility for Coco Crisp, Mike Jacobs and Kyle Farnsworth? Doesn't this series of moves seem, um, counter-productive? Do you see a worthwhile plan here?
(BL from Bozeman)
You left out spending $1.8 million on Horacio Ramirez (IIRC). I like the Crisp move as a win-now kind of transaction, but I savaged the Jacobs move for cause--some might think he's a win-now pickup, but he's just a placeholder, and Farnsworth and Ramirez are even less. This isn't progress, it's cosmetics, and like anything hastily slapped together, it'll melt in the summer sun. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rangers get Jav Vasquez & Manny del Carmen, Red Sox get Teagarden & Kiker, White Sox get Coco Crisp & Kris Johnson; who says no?
(niketour2 from oregon)
Rangers ... and I guess now the Royals. (Will Carroll)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pretty ironic that Kelly Shoppach is the best player in the Coco Crisp/Andy Marte trade, eh? Keeper question: choose two from the list of Beltran, Berkman, Hart, Guerrero, Sabathia, Billingsley.
(Peter from Beyond the Boxscore)
Shoppach sure would look good in a Red Sox uni, and hell, he can even catch a knuckler. (Marc Normandin)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat. Congrats on the publication of BP2008, your best work ever. The NY papers say the Mets turned down Coco Crisp for Angel Pagan. That doesn't sound like it really happened, but if it did, is Omar Minaya insane?
(fielding99 from NYC)
I strongly, strongly doubt the validity of that particular rumor. Crisp isn't Tris Speaker or anything, but he's more than a fourth-fifth outfielder. He can be a regular and be a positive for someone. Pagan isn't at that level. If you can make that deal, especially given how fragile the Mets are, you practically climb through the phone to sign the papers. I strongly doubt that Minaya had that chance.

...Unless he knows something about Coco we don't. Maybe Coco is going around hotels in a bathrobe saying, "Okay, anyone who doesn't want to ____, get out!" (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of an upgrade would Brian Roberts be for the Cubs over DeRosa at 2B. Obviously, he'll give you more steals, but their other numbers from 2007 look quite similar. Along the same lines, it appears the Cubs aren't sold on Felix Pie being their starting center fielder, as they seem to be putting out feelers on players like Coco Crisp. Should they be looking for a center fielder?
(sinfonian11 from Champaign, IL)
I was boarding a plane the other day when I heard, of all things, a Cub fan belittling Felix Pie's offense. Which means absolutely nothing, of course, since Freddy the Frequent Flier from Elgin is not responsible for setting the team's lineup. But it does go to show you how these sorts of memes tend to flow from the team brass on through the media and into the perceptions of ordinary fans. Pie got all of 194 plate appearances in the major leagues last year, and much of that time came in crappy situations where he was being shuffled into and out of the lineup and had to press for at-bats. He's hit like gangbusters on the other hand over nearly 900 plate appearances at Iowa the past two seasons. It would be a shame if the Cubs' misunderstanding of small sample sizes got in the way of Pie's development. (Nate Silver)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see the Red Sox doing with their Crisp/Ellsbury conundrum? Is Crisp still on the team when they return from Japan? Besides Tex and Minn, other possible trade destinations?
(DC from Tim)
I really think Crisp will have been dealt before they go; I wonder if Homeland Security will raise a stink if the reserved seat is in somebody else's name for the guy who gets to go in Crisp's place. "You don't look like Coco Crisp," might elicit the start of a Snake Plisken-like "I get that a lot." (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Melky Cabrera's got a pretty interesting set of comparables: Carlos Beltran, Coco Crisp, Pete Rose, and Hal McRae. Some good-looking players but (besides Beltran) nobody with too much power. What's the outlook on him? Is he the Yankee CFer of the future?
(Jim Leyritz from Florida)
It's confusing, isn't it? This is what I meant about the occasional inscrutability of the comps. If I recall correctly, at Cabrera's age, Beltran had the one bad year of his career... If Coco Crisp is your worst-case scenario, that's not bad, but the Yankees don't have a Jacoby Ellsbury to come along and rescue them... My suspicion is that Crisp is closer to the mark than Beltran or even McRae. The power just isn't there right now, might not ever be there. That leaves us with what... A player who might peak at something pretty decent without rising to the level of the All-Star game. That's not bad, you enjoy it... And then you trade Roberto Kelly for Paul O'Neill. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of a chance does Coco Crisp have of getting back to 2005 form at this point?
(poludamas from Cambridge)
This is getting a bit semantic, but I wonder whether Crisp was really a better player in 2005 than he is today or he just had a career year. With that said, we do show him with a mild breakout, at .278/.338/.407. Given his defense in center field, there are at least 20 teams in major league baseball that would be vastly improved by that performance. (Nate Silver)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I dreaming or does Coco Crisp for Taylor Teagarden or Max Ramirez fit into a reasonable proposal?
(Joe from Tewksbury, MA)
It's certainly the sort of thing worthy of a few daydreams in Red Sox Nation, because Tek isn't getting any younger. However, there are questions about both when it comes to whether or not they'll be able to remain behind the plate. (Christina Kahrl)


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