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Coco Crisp’s signing with A’s likely to happen

Just providing whatever updates I can. It’s tough to get in touch w/people on a Sunday afternoon. But a team source tells me the A’s are indeed close to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Coco Crisp. No word on when something might be announced. And though it’s been reported that the deal is for $4.5-5 million, I can’t pinpoint that for sure. There’s a good chance the A’s will hold a club option for 2011. It’s important to note that Crisp would still have to pass a physical, and considering he’s recovering from surgery on both shoulders, that’s no guarantee. But Crisp’s agent told me last week that Crisp expects to be ready for the start of spring training.

It doesn’t make sense that the A’s would sit Rajai Davis after the front office has raved about him. So I’d expect Crisp to play in center, and perhaps Davis to slide over to left, w/Ryan Sweeney holding down right field. With so many outfielders in the picture now, a trade seems very likely. I’d think Scott Hairston would be most attractive to other teams in considering the A’s outfield trade candidates (Travis Buck, Aaron Cunningham and Eric Patterson would be some others). Hairston has a longer track record for teams to consider …

Joe Stiglich