Coco Crisp turned down Rays to re-sign with A’s

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Oakland paid a surprisingly steep price to re-sign Coco Crisp yesterday, giving the 32-year-old outfielder $14 million for two seasons, and I’m equally surprised to learn that the normally budget-conscious Rays finished runner-up for Crisp.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Crisp ultimately chose to remain with the A’s because he liked playing on the West Coast and “he thinks the team has more potential than people might think.”

The latter part seems pretty unlikely, because right now I can’t see any way the A’s aren’t a terrible team in 2012, and of course Slusser also notes that “the A’s came in with a better offer at the last moment.”

Crisp is certainly capable of being worth $14 million over the next two seasons, but I’m just not sure how he makes sense for the A’s at that price. And his agent may have had a similar thought, because Crisp’s two-year deal includes a $250,000 bonus if he’s traded.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.