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Coco Crisp needs surgery, will miss 6-8 weeks


We learned the other day that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp would start the season on the DL. Now Susan Slusser of the Chronicle reports that he’ll miss way more time than 15 days:

The Chronicle has learned that Coco Crisp is expected to need surgery to remove a bone spur and chips in his right elbow, and he would miss six to eight weeks after the arthroscopic procedure.

Josh Reddick is going to start the season late too due to a strained oblique. You have to wonder, then, if Billy Beane won’t try to make a deal for an outfielder.

Certainly not the way the A’s wanted to break camp this year.

Video: Inside the park home runs are kinda lame

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I’ve gone about this many times in the past, but as a new season dawns, let me remind you all that inside the park home runs are almost always dumb. Sure, once in a while it’s a matter of pure, burning speed and a bang-bang play at the plate. But most of the time it’s a matter of a random bounce or a physical mistake by an outfielder in which he didn’t get close enough to the ball to even have an error called on him.

Or sometimes both. Like the one Allen Craig hit this afternoon. Made possible by a carom and Jose Bautista falling on his kiester. If Allen Craig scores on an inside the park home run and doesn’t even have to slide, you know it’s way less than the name implies:

Give me triples. Triples over inside the parkers seven days a week.

Wrigley Field has a jumbotron, you guys

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Feel the excitement:

Now you all will know when it is time to “MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!!”

The Mets and Juan Lagares are close to a four-year extension

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10 Comments’s Jim Bowden reports that the Mets have signed OF Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension. Andy Martino of the Daily News says it’s not a done deal yet, but is in its final stages. Bowden says the deal is going to exceed $20 million and will include a club option. UPDATE: Jeff Passan reports that the deal is for $23M over 4 years with a $9.5M club option on top of that and a $500,000 buyout.

Lagares, 26, hit .281/.321/.382 in 452 plate appearances in 2014, which amounts to an OPS+ of 102. He has raked this spring, but even if that doesn’t continue, he’s extraordinarily valuable due to his stellar defense, so league average offensive production is fine.

A nice signing by the Mets to ensure that a key player is in place for several years.