Crisp signing soon; could it possibly be Orioles?
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:42 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:56 pm
The news of Coco Crisp's imminent signing with some unknown mystery team added intrigue to the baseball interest Monday night. Nobody seems to know for sure what team it is, but here's one guess out of left field: the Baltimore Orioles.
It hasn't been confirmed that it is the Orioles. But sources suggest that Crisp has been talking to the Orioles in recent days, and they are very much interested.
The Blue Jays are another team that could be a possibility, but they are said to be optimistic about Eric Thames and Travis Snider.
The guessing game began when Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Crisp's agent Steve Comte said his client had picked a team. However, Comte didn't identify the team.
The Orioles don't seem like the obvious fit as they already have a fine young center fielder in Adam Jones. But they could move Jones to left field and form an outfield with three players capable of playing center. The Braves have been asking about Jones' availability, but the asking price has been understandably high. Baltimore wouldn't do it straight-up for young righthander Jair Jurrjens.
The Cubs and Cardinals were two teams that have been known to show interest in Crisp, but this may wind up being a surprise signing.