Could Coco Crisp be available?

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Over the weekend the Oakland A’s, Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a three team deal that sent Heath Bell to Arizona and Chris Young from Arizona to Oakland. Here on BrokeMets we talked about how it was very likely that Arizona would trade Young but why to the Athletics?

The A’s already have Coco Crisp, Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes under contract for next season so adding Young is a little surprising. The way I see it is, Billy Beane found this trade as a way to add value to his team, not to fill a need. Chris Young was awesome in 2010 and Arizona was just looking for a team to take his salary and Oakland looked at it as a player who used to be an all-star before injuring his shoulder. That being said the A’s now have four outfielders for three spots. All four can play centerfield.

They could always use the DH spot but they have Chris Carter and Brandon Moss there. One will play 1st the other will DH. To me this seems like the A’s will dangle Coco Crisp. Crisp is coming off another solid season and although he is getting up there in age, 32, he is on the last year of his deal at $7.5 million. If the A’s were willing to pay a little of that in exchange for a better package, Crisp could be a decent option for the Mets.

Crisp hit just .259 with 11 homers this season so he shouldn’t be too expensive to trade for in terms of prospects. He would come to New York for his glove in center, his ability to hit leadoff and most importantly add a little speed to the Mets, an element of their game that they have been lacking since Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan left New York. Crisp stole 39 bases last season and has consistently been able to get on base and steal second. There has been a lot of talk about how the Mets need to add power, however I believe adding some speed at the top of the lineup is just as important if not more important. Coco Crisp would be a nice, affordable option for the Mets.

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