Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 1/4/12
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 just 3.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Harrison wants trade if Pirates are not committed to winning

Brees on future with Saints: 'I'll be here as long as they'll have me'

Report: DeAndre Jordan wants to be traded to Rockets

Source: Lakers ‘frustrated’ Lonzo Ball won’t stand up to his father

Report: Steelers owner facing pressure to fire Mike Tomlin

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Leonard Fournette involved in three-car accident, not injured

Ben Roethlisberger: Running QB sneak is coach's decision

AJ McCarron thinks he would've succeeded with Browns

Report: Cavs players starting to doubt team issues will be fixed

Rockets GM makes light of wild confrontation with Clippers

Bryce Love to return to Stanford for senior year

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Grading the deal: Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen to Giants

The NBA's deep middle class emerges

Is Mike Moustakas that much better than Travis Shaw?

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

Who stands to benefit the most from the slow MLB offseason?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'All Jolly Rogers at half-mast' quiz

Best players to debut on the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

The 'Home field disadvantage' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bruins, Flames, Jets are taking flight

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

The 'How much ya bench?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker