I think Billy Beane is an excellent GM, and I agree with most of his moves. But it's been reported that the A's are close to a 1-year deal with free agent outfielder Coco Crisp, and while I think Crisp is a fine player, such a move leaves me scratching my head as to what Beane is doing. Presumably, the A's will go into 2010 with Rajai Davis in center field and Ryan Sweeney in right field. Crisp would slot into left field. Crisp is a career .271/.331/.407 hitter, which is shy of acceptable for a left fielder. It's been suggested that Crisp could push Davis to left, and Crisp's offense is good for a center fielder, but Davis' career line (.280/.336/.387) isn't any better than Crisp's, so the problem isn't solved. The A's already have a more powerful alternative, Scott Hairston, on hand. He s ...
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