Free agent Coco Crisp wants to stay on the West Coast

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Coco Crisp’s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that the free agent center fielder “has made it clear that he would like to play for a team that is determined to compete and he’d also like to stay on the West Coast.”

As for potentially returning to Oakland, Comte speculated that general manager Billy Beane “and the owners just want to sit back and wait because of the stadium issue.”

Beane has hinted as much, indicating that it’s tough to increase payroll or make a multi-year commitment to free agents without knowing whether the ballpark in San Jose (and subsequent revenue increases) is a realistic option.

So instead of the possibly re-signing with the A’s the agent suggested that the Giants would be a good fit for Crisp, who led the league with 49 stolen bases but hit just .264 with eight homers and a .693 OPS that’s his worst mark since 2003.