The Oakland Athletics rarely sign a veteran free agent and keep him on the roster for more than few years. One of the rare exceptions is Coco Crisp.
The A’s leadoff hitter and starting outfielder will be back next season, as General Manager Billy Beane stated that the club will pick up his $7.5 million option for the 2014 season.
“We have to wait for an announcement, but we plan on having Coco back next year,” Beane told CSN Bay Area. “He’s such an important part of this club.”
Crisp hit .261 with 22 home runs and 66 RBI during the season, the first time he hit over 20 home runs in his career. Crisp also swiped 21 bases to join the 20-20 club. He really turned it on in the final months of the season, hitting .288 with 12 home runs in August and September.
The A’s originally signed Crisp as a free agent in 2009, but after a few subpar seasons, many were surprised when the A’s brought him back on a two-year, $14 million deal before last year.
Crisp has played for the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Royals. The 12-year veteran has a career batting average of .272 with 108 home runs and 278 career steals. He has played in at least 120 games each of his past three seasons with the A’s.