Coco Crisp is done for the year -- unless the Athletics make the playoffs, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports .
That's rather far-fetched, thanks to Oakland's nine-game deficit in the AL West. So let's call it a season for the center fielder.
And what a season it was. Even though Crisp continued his injury-prone streak, he had his best season according to OPS since his final year with Cleveland in 2005. That means he outproduced what he did in his first four years with the Red Sox and 2009 with the Royals.
A .279/.342/.438 mark with 32 stolen bases as a 30-year-old in 328 plate appearances has the team heavily considering exercising the switch-hitter's $5.75 million club option.
The Athletics are steeped in outfielders, having Rajai Davis, Ryan Sweeney, Jack Cust, Gabe Gross, Eric Patterson, Jake Fox, Conor Jackson, Matt Carson, Jeff Larish, Travis Buck, Chris Carter, Matt Watson and Jeremy Hermida along with Crisp appearing in the outfield in 2010.
However, Patterson and Fox are no longer with the organization and the future's of Cust, Gross, Carson, Buck and Watson likely don't include the A's in 2011 -- and of all the outfielders, Crisp has been the most productive.
Seems like an easy call to exercise the option.
-- Evan Brunell
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