Posted on: January 3, 2012 9:10 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:54 pm
The Coco Crisp mystery isn't quite solved. But we are making progress (a little, anyway).
Crisps's agent Steve Comte got the ball rolling when he told the San Francisco Chronicle that Crisp had settled on a team. So far, that team remains a mystery. Many teams have shown interest in Crisp, making this a tough one.
One possibility is that Crisp simply remains in Oakland. But that is thus far unconfirmed, as well.
As far as the Orioles go, I may need a new crystal ball. While the Orioles did talk to Comte in their pursuit of a leadoff hitter, it appears Crisp is likely heading elsewhere. Someone with the Orioles said his name didn't even come up in a recent meeting, a indication they certainly aren't expecting to get him.
But who is? Just about every A.L. East team was speculated at one point in recent days, but one by one they appear to have been shot down as the likely landing spot. The Cubs, Cardinals and Dodgers are among other teams that have been linked to Crisp. But there's no evidence it's any of them, either.
Word has been that Crisp prefers to remain on the West Coast, and that he wants to play for a winner. Well, if it is Oakland, I am confident they will be a big winner. But maybe not for a couple more years.
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.