The man with one of the best names in sports will be staying in the Bay Area, it appears, as the Oakland Athletics signed center fielder Coco Crisp to a two-year, $22.75 million extension on Friday.
The deal was reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle via Twitter:
Confirmed by team source: Coco Crisp’s contract is two years, $22.75 million. #Athletics
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 7, 2014
Crisp was heading into his walk year after the A’s exercised their $7.5 million option for 2014. The extension includes a vesting option for a third year based on plate appearances, so Crisp could potentially be locked up through 2017.
The 34-year-old Crisp is coming off his best season in 2013, when he hit .261/.335/.444 in 131 games and 584 plate appearances. Crisp scored a career-high 93 runs and also posted a career-best 22 homers to go with 22 doubles, three triples and 66 RBI. He was also 21-for-26 in stolen base attempts.
His OPS+ was a career-high 119 and his 4.3 Wins Above Replacement value was also the best mark of his career.
Crisp came to the A’s initially as a free agent in December 2009 and then re-signed with the club as a free agent in January 2012.
In four years with Oakland, Crisp is hitting .264/.327/.417 in 462 games and 2,003 plate appearances, with 281 runs, 49 homers, 204 RBI and 141 stolen bases. He led the American League with 49 swipes in 2011.
He was 7-for-18 with three walks, four runs, two doubles, a triple, two RBI and a stolen base in last October’s five-game American League Division Series loss to the Detroit Tigers and in 10 postseason games with Oakland is hitting .275 with seven runs, a homer and four RBI.
Crisp was originally a seventh-round pick by the Cardinals out of Los Angeles Pierce College in 1999 and was traded to Cleveland in the deal that sent Chuck Finley to St. Louis in August 2002. He made his big-league debut for the Indians that month before he was swapped to the Red Sox in January 2006. He was with Boston’s World Series champions in 2007 and was traded to the Royals in November 2008, spending one year in Kansas City before signing with the A’s.