Found January 04, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
When ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the A’s had agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal that will keep Coco Crisp in Oakland, the reaction was unkind to general manager Billy Beane. Although the move does seem a bit out of left field for a team coming off a fire sale, it’s actually a sensible one. Crisp will earn $6 million in 2012 and $7 million 2013, before the A’s decide whether to exercise a $7.5 million club option with a $1 million buyout for 2014. Heading into his age-32 season, Crisp is unlikely to decline much over the course of the deal, and he was worth 3.2 WARP in 2011. Even if he averages only 2.0 WARP in 2012 and 2013, the A’s would get a fair value return on their investment. Much of the criticism of the deal dwelled on the point that the Cardinals landed Carlos Beltran for $26 million over two years, and that Crisp is not half the player Beltran is. But Beltran—despite a .300/.385/.525 triple slash that’s far sexier than Crisp’s .264/.314/.379—contributed jus...

Report: Coco Crisp Agrees to Two-Year, $14 Million Deal With Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Free-agent center fielder Coco Crisp agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Athletics, filling one key void in the Oakland outfield heading into the 2012 season. A person with knowledge of the negotiations on Tuesday confirmed Crisp would return to the A's, a deal worth $14 million first reported by ESPN. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because...

Coco Crisp may be back with the A's

Crisp's agent says free agent outfielder has selected his team, which will be revealed by Wednesday

Source: Crisp stays with A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent center fielder Coco Crisp has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Oakland Athletics.

A's bring back Coco Crisp on two-year contract

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OF Crisp agrees to 2-year deal with A's (AP)

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says free agent center fielder Coco Crisp has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Oakland Athletics. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't made a formal announcement. ESPN was first to report Tuesday that Crisp, who had hoped to keep playing on the West Coast, would stay put with the A's.

Coco Crisp to re-sign with A's for 2 years

Oakland's winter of departures was interrupted Tuesday, when free-agent center fielder Coco Crisp agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign with the team. The deal, confirmed by two sources, will not be announced until today...

Athletics officially sign Crisp for two years, $14 million

The Oakland Athletics have a familiar face to play center field after re-signing Coco Crisp to a $14 million two-year contract Thursday with a club option for 2014.

A's, Crisp agree to 2-year contract

The Oakland Athletics agreed to terms on Thursday with outfielder Coco Crisp on a two-year contract with a club option for 2014.

Oakland A's: Team agrees to two-year deal with outfielder Coco Crisp

The A's announced center fielder Coco Crisp's two-year contract in a press release Thursday afternoon.

Olney On Fielder, Zambrano, Rays, Garza

There’s been lots of buzz about a possible deal between Prince Fielder and the Nationals this week, so’s Buster Olney asked some talent evaluators about the impact the free agent first baseman would have in Washington. One evaluator says adding Fielder would make the Nationals “an immediate threat in the NL East” and another guesses Fielder would boost the organization...

A's To Sign Coco Crisp

The A's have agreed to sign Coco Crisp, according to's Buster Olney.

Nebraska Got Killed, But Kenny Bell’s Hair Killed it Against South Carolina (Picture)

If you have to lose 30-13 in the Citrus Bowl, you might as well go down with style right? Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown during the season-ending loss to South Carolina.  At the end of the day, none of that really matters.  What matters is that when Bell took his helmet off on the sidelines he was absolutely killing it. His afro...

Lineup rated No. 6 by analyst

The Tigers not only have the seventh-best pitching rotation in baseball: They also have sixth-best lineup. That's according to ESPN's Buster Olney, anyway. Olney is doing a series of top 10 rankings for 2012. (Detroit didn't make the top 10 in bullpen, infield or outfield.) The top five of the lineup ratings are Boston, Texas, the Yankees, St. Louis and Colorado.

Quick Hits: Manny, Braves, Oliver, Tejada

Some links as Thursday turns into Friday... As part of his comeback attempt, Manny Ramirez will work out for teams later this month according to ESPN's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Manny was officially reinstated last month, and he indicated that the "doors are open" for a minor league contract. Braves GM Frank Wren told's Mark Bowman that he feels...

Rangers' Outfield Among MLB's Best

When you win back-to-back American League pennants people tend to think pretty highly of you, and that's definitely been the case for your Texas Rangers in all of the off-season/preseason rankings and prognostications set forth by various national media. One of those national experts is ESPN's Buster Olney, who in a series over the past week has ranked different positions...
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