The off-season is never as simple as it seems. Everyone goes into October (or November, if you’re a part of baseball’s elite eight) with a checklist of where they would like to make their team better.
How they go about this remains a mystery to me. Maybe they have a list of specific players they’d like to go after. Maybe they look at it in terms of positions that need upgrades. Maybe they don’t do it like that at all.
What I actually know is that Jon Daniels and his people are not the types to sit on their hands. They look at everything from just about every angle. They’re not only thinking outside of the box, they’ve thrown the bloody box away!
The point that I’ll eventually get around to trying to make is that I wonder whether JD was ever in on Coco Crisp. No doubt he was a possibility, as it seems all possibilities are possible possibilities.
But was JD ever really keen on Coco Crisp? Should he have been? Who is Crisp and does he compare favorably to what the Rangers were featuring in 2011? Would this team take on a player who allows other people to call him by a name that sounds like breakfast cereal?
These are all important questions.
For those who don’t know, Coco Crisp is a 32-year-old CFer. He is a switch hitter. His best quality seems to be his legs, as he runs down fly balls in the outfield and steals plenty of bases (49 last year).
His numbers for last season look like — .264 AVG, .314 OBP, .379 SLG — which are just below his career averages. Something else of note is that he played more games last year than the two previous years combined. He’s dealt with some injuries.
All in all, a fine player. Someone who can get the job done.
For those who don’t know, the Rangers were sporting two CFers last season, Endy Chavez and Craig Gentry. Chavez batted from the left and Gentry from the right. Both have speed, despite Chavez being a little bit older (33). Gentry is only 27.
But the combined numbers of Gentry and Chavez — .286 AVG, .335 OBP, .386 SLG — are better than Crisp’s. They also stole 28 bases between them.
Although Chavez has already signed with the Orioles, Gentry is still a part of this team. He is younger and faster than Crisp, but with not as much power.
If Crisp came to Arlington, he might hit a few more homeruns. He might even double his output. Then again, he might just hurt himself and miss most of the season.
Anyway, all of this discussion is a little moot, since Crisp re-signed with the A’s for 2 years/$14MM. That’s about what I thought it would take to get him and the A’s, after casting off all of their young pitching, are left with exactly two players.
And, let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time before Billy Beane launches Kurt Suzuki into the sun for secret Moneyball reasons and leaves Crisp to pitch and play every position in the field by himself.
(We know the guy is fast, but is he Bugs Bunny fast? Maybe Billy Beane really does know something we don’t!)
So, as far as Coco goes, he’s a no go. Was that ever a possibility? Perhaps, but not based on anything I’ve read.
Maybe in 2012 we’ll see a whole lot of Gentry (with some Josh Hamilton) in CF while we wait for Leonys Martin to become something.
Don’t bet on it, though. There’s probably something already in the works, some little deal designed to bolster the outfield depth by the time Spring Training rolls around.
That’s just how these guys do business.
I have to admit, I’m a bit ashamed of myself. While I hit on a lot of good in my Yu Pun Poll, I missed on a pretty obvious one.
Someone Like Yu (Adele) was a very lowing hanging fruit that just went overlooked.
My deepest regrets and apologies, dear reader(s).