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.

Yasmani Grandal played himself out of NLCS Game 4

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.

Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.

Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.