Crisp says he had other options besides A’s

A few more items from A’s camp this morning:

–Coco Crisp said he had “several” multi-year contract offers from teams over the winter, including the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays. He was impressed with Rays manager Joe Maddon and thought he was headed there until the A’s presented a two-year $14 million offer that swayed him. It was the best financial offer he got, and he liked the idea of staying in California. He’s from Los Angeles.

–Talking about A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks, manager Bob Melvin said he was actually more impressed with Weeks’ defensive progress last season than his hitting performance. That’s interesting in that Weeks led AL second baseman with 13 errors despite not being called up until June. He looked right at home with the bat, hitting .303 with 123 hits in 97 games. But that was Melvin’s point: Weeks is much more of a work-in-progress with the glove, and he thought Weeks got much better ranging to his right to make plays and get the out at first. Weeks took advantage of his chance to play when veteran Mark Ellis was hurt, and did so well that the A’s eventually wound up trading Ellis to the Rockies, entrenching Weeks at second. “There was no bigger obstacle than (the presence of) Mark Ellis,” Melvin said. “You just go out and play to the best of your abilities and those things will take care of themselves.”

–The A’s will play an intrasquad game next Thursday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. If you’re in town, it’s probably safe to get there around 11:30 a.m.-noon to catch the start of it. The A’s play their Cactus League opener the next day against Seattle at Muni.

Joe Stiglich