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  1. What about Colin Cowgill, do you think he may play over Michael Taylor or will Oakland go with a 3 man platoon for the two corner OF spots?

    Comment by Brant K — January 4, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  2. Everyone is already saying this… it’s just the A’s paying for one veteran so they don’t have to deal with pressure from the MLB/MLBPA as there seems to be an unofficial salary floor around $40m

    Comment by Jim Lahey — January 4, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  3. This move was pitiful and had no baseball sense. I have to feel it was a move completely orchestrated by the A’s marketing department.

    Comment by David Wishinsky — January 4, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  4. I don’t think the issue is whether he is “worth the money”. What’s confusing is why they thought they had to pay him that much in order to get him. Can’t imagine anyone else would’ve come near $14M, and by all accounts, Crisp was pretty happy in Oakland anyway.

    Comment by Yirmiyahu — January 4, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  5. If Oakland gets the 2010 Crisp for as many games & stolen bases as 2011 Crisp, it’ll be worth the money, though I realize this is the best possible option. An outfield of Taylor/Crisp/Reddick is still better than the previous plan of playing

    Comment by NoSuchThingasaFairweatherA'sFan — January 4, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  6. Ryan Sweeney in all three outfield positions and a missing JPEG for DH: http://blogs.thescore.com/mlb/2011/11/10/a-new-low-for-billy-beane/

    Comment by NoSuchThingasaFairweatherA'sFan — January 4, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

  7. David Wishinsky said:

    “I have to feel it was a move completely orchestrated by the A’s marketing department.”

    I’m pretty sure the last time the A’s marketing department made a move of any kind was back in like 1993.

    This is not a cost-effective signing. The A’s could have signed Coco to a cheaper extension, but it’s true he’s injury-prone and other reasons so they waited.

    The A’s have claimed that it takes more $ to attract free agents to Oakland, and now they have fulfilled this prediction, much to Coco’s benefit.

    In the wake of claims that the A’s need to achieve a minimum salary to appease MLB, at least this is returning a really hard-nosed player to the team.

    It’s just really a lot better if Jemile Weeks has someone besides Chris Carter to look to when Jemile hits the Soph slump.

    This move really pressures the Michael Taylor, Daric Barton Crowd, and probably Brandon Allen especially.

    Comment by rubesandbabes — January 4, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

  8. Missing JPEG had some quality #’s for the Rivercats last year. If he can cut down on the K’s, I think the A’s have something here. He can also fill in at a corner OF spot to give one of the Sweeney’s a breather every so often.

    Comment by john rambo — January 4, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  9. You have to pay the man, he’s got the best afro in sports these days.

    Comment by maguro — January 4, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

  10. couldn’t this be a spot where a player is more valuable than his WAR?

    by that I mean, the A’s apparently have at least 4 (and this morning I saw they are checking in on Ludwick among others) OFs they intend on rotating. when on the field, Crisp is a valuable player. the reason he’s had a low WAR is that he’s often not on the field (he was also a bit unlucky last year). if the A’s rest him regularly and he’s replaced by someone above replacement player, or replace him when he hits the DL on the roster with someone above replacement level, doesn’t that effectively make him more valuable?

    Comment by Josh — January 4, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

  11. I should also mention that I think at this point, anytime Beane signs someone for 8 figures, we should probably assume he has intentions of trying to flip him.

    Comment by Josh — January 4, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  12. just to elaborate on this point, the hypothetical player who never misses a game is most valuable on a team with a dearth of talent.

    Hypothetical Player A- a lock for 162 games and +2 WAR
    Hypothetical Player B- a lock for 100 games and +1.75 WAR

    If a team has bench full of replacement level players, then player A is more valuable. If a team has 4 other OFs worth 1+ WAR, then player B is probably more valuable to that team.

    basically what I’m saying is that when evaluating specific situations and signings, the replacement level should be that franchise’s replacement level player.

    Comment by Josh — January 4, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

  13. I thought Pittsburgh had signed Nick Evans…..

    Comment by MH — January 4, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  14. If I follow your point correctly, I would think he would be less valuable, because he offers less of an upgrade over the player he is replacing.

    Comment by Wyatt — January 4, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  15. No, because he offers more value per game.

    This makes me think there should be a WAR per 150 games type stat. WAR is appropriate for someone injury prone like Nelson Cruz. If we want a WAR projection for a typically durable guy who lost 50 games due to a freak injury, WAR per 150 games might be more appropriate.

    Comment by Josh — January 5, 2012 @ 12:45 am

  16. A’s should sign Manny Ramirez. He should provide some excitement after his suspension, and will be cheap. Not that the A’s are trying to win games or anything.

    Comment by pft — January 5, 2012 @ 1:26 am

  17. With the injury history of Crisp, there will be plenty of playing time for the 3 young guys.

    Comment by BX — January 5, 2012 @ 1:33 am

  18. I don’t get it. So they trade two good young pitchers, one at a cheap 3.25 mil for the year and the other projected around 4.5 mil for the year because they couldn’t afford them, then turn around and agree to a deal with ONE player for two years at 7 per year; basically what they saved by trading Cahill and Gio. I’d rather take the two young pitchers over Coco, even if I traded Gio at the deadline.

    Comment by Philley118008 — January 5, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

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