If you’ve checked the going rates lately, outfield help in Major League Baseball is not cheap.
The San Francisco Giants just helped set the market thanks to their five year, $90 million dollar deal with Hunter Pence – and that was likely at a bit of a discount considering he didn’t hit the open market.
Knowing the current price valuation and the fact the Athletics didn’t want to lose their leadoff hitter, Oakland exercised the contract option on Coco Crisp today, which will pay the speedy outfielder $7.5 million dollars for the 2014 season.
Per Susan Slusser:
Beane says Crisp’s option will be picked up.
Crisp, who had his first ever 20/20 season this year is a relative bargain at that price, though he does come with a few warts, namely his inability to stay on the field. Crisp is one of the most injury prone players in the league, though, they always seem to be more of nagging variety (a few games here, a few games there) rather than a season ending type.