A's sign Crisp to one-year deal with 2011 option

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Coco Crisp and the A’s were reportedly close to a deal over the weekend and they just made it official. He gets a one-year contract worth around $4.5 million and the A’s will have a team option for 2011.
When healthy Crisp is a solid starting center fielder, batting .266/.338/.390 while rating 20 runs above average defensively over the past three seasons, but he was limited to just 49 games in 2009 because of a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. Plus, in Rajai Davis and Ryan Sweeney the A’s already had a pair of capable center fielders who’re both significantly younger and cheaper than Crisp.
Perhaps after years of struggling offensively the A’s have decided to forget about scoring runs and simply trot out the best possible outfield defense, in which case a Davis-Crisp-Sweeney alignment would be amazing at keeping opponents off the board. Or maybe general manager Billy Beane just has another move on tap that involves Davis or Sweeney going somewhere for a bigger bat. Either way, I’m not sure that the 30-year-old Crisp is a particularly good fit in Oakland.

Mariners sweep A’s in two-game Japan Series

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The big news, of course, is Ichiro’s retirement. But there was a baseball game that counted today as well and the Mariners took it. Seattle beat Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings to sweep the two-game Japan Series.

Ichiro may have taken an 0-for-4 in his last game, but Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, staking Seattle to a 3-0 lead after three. The A’s picked up two in the fifth and Seattle added one via a Jay Bruce sac fly to make it 4-2 in the seventh. Oakland tied things back up, ultimately sending it to extras when Khris Davis singled in Matt Chapman in the seventh. Davis would blow a chance to put Oakland ahead in the 11th when he struck out with the bases loaded.

In the twelfth, Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle’s win in the opener on Wednesday, beat out a would-be double-play with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead and, ultimately, winning run.

The rebuilding Mariners are now 2-0 on the young year. The A’s, who won 97 games last year, are 0-2. Viva the smallest of sample sizes.