Dreams of a Crisp Trade and the 25-Man
On MLBTradeRumors.com there was talk of Coco Crisp being a potential fit for the Boston Red Sox given that Jacoby Ellsbury is missing time. I don’t see it happening. I wish I could, but why would Boston get Crisp owed $7M this year and next to fill in for Ellsbury expected to miss significant time just this year? Also, let’s not forget Crisp just hasn’t been very good. Last year he was a leadoff hitter with a .314 OBP (a stat that I will repeat until the cows come home), and this year he is off to a sparkling start with a .162/.225/.162 slash line and it seems his new (and poorly chosen role) as a number three hitter is resulting in him suddenly trying to be a power hitter. Crisp’s high water mark for home runs (16) came in 2005 so I’d strongly advise an alternate strategy as he hasn’t even it double digits since then. But continually game after game we watch him get under balls and pop out, already this year he features a 48.4% FB% and a 20.0% IFFB% which is how ladies and gentlemen you quickly arrive at that .162 batting average.
The Red Sox would require the A’s to eat salary I think on this deal, and while I would be all for it, what sort of garbage prospects would we even get out of it? While I see it as an addition by subtraction type move and would support it, I just think there are too many things working against this trade which would very much so be in the A’s best interests but not perhaps in the best interests of the Red Sox. Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times however disagrees with me as he says of a potential deal that it,
“makes sense to me. I could see Crisp generating interest from other teams too if he’s having a productive season and the A’s fall out of contention early. But that contract – two years at $14 million through 2013 – might scare some buyers away. At any rate, Crisp is another player to watch as the season unfolds. “
I think there is one too big to fail if there, i) if he is having a productive season being a giant if because the ii) if the A’s fall out of contention early is likely a given. I think he has little value because of the second year on the deal and this continues to be the A’s biggest miss of the offseason, sadly it was one that was clearly obvious from day one.
While I’d love for the A’s to rid themselves of Crisp and open up a roster spot for when Tyson Ross is activated on Tuesday to make the start in Anaheim, that is clearly unlikely so talk is that it will be either Collin Cowgill or Kila Ka’aihue getting the walking papers. I wonder if Ka’aihue’s really not so terrible, albeit short, appearance thus far this year will make him someone who could be claimed off of waivers, and whether or not Oakland feels OK with that happening. I personally would like to give him more of an extended look so favor optioning Collin Cowgill but as per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle,
“Usually, you’d expect the sixth outfielder to be the man sent out, especially considering Cowgill has options left, but [Bob] Melvin likes Cowgill’s energy and he has said he likes having the six outfielders.”
I don’t see why Seth Smith can’t be a true fourth outfielder. I get why Jonny Gomes can’t be, and still think we are better off giving Kila (who yes is left-handed as is Daric Barton) a longer look. That’s my two cents.