Athletics general manager Billy Beane plans to keep his club as close to intact as possible to make another run at the playoffs next year, and that starts with exercising a $7.5 million option for leadoff hitter Coco Crisp.
A day after the A's lost another Game 5 winner-take-all to the Tigers in the AL division series, Beane says, ''It's pretty apparent we would pick up Coco Crisp's option.''
Small-budget Oakland, coming off consecutive AL West crowns, also plans to try to re-sign Bartolo Colon. The 40-year-old 18-game winner lost Game 1 of the division series, and manager Bob Melvin started rookie Sonny Gray in in Game 5 against Justin Verlander.
The A's could lose closer Grant Balfour in free agency as the team rarely spends big money on its bullpen.