If the Coco Crisp to Oakland deal goes down as expected Sunday, and you're confused by it, you should know better. Everything the A's have done for the past three years should have confused you. Acquiring Matt Holliday would be one extreme and the Coco Crisp deal would be an example on a lesser scale.Just when you might think that you know what the A's are doing, Billy Beane does something to make you realize you have no clue. Beane of course has earned the right over the years to receive our benefit of the doubt, but if you're one of the 15,000 or so die hard A's fans in the Bay Area, your patience is probably thin, and your nerves a little frayed.Crisp is not a major player on the free agent market, nor will he be a major player in Oakland. He is, and always will be, a complementary piece, yet that seems to be what Beane has peddled in most lately.What this means for the 2010 team, nobody really knows, it simply adds to the glut of outfielders, none of them stars heading into Spring Training.If you're a Travis Buck, Rajai Davis or Scott Hairston fan, this probably makes you nervous. Particularly fans of Davis, who seemed to prove beyond a doubt that he deserves to be an every day player... but he plays the same position as Crisp. Crisp has more of a track record and we all know how important track records are to Beane.I guess my point is, don't read too much into this. It's a move, it's a minor move, it's a confusing move. This is what the A's do these days. You just have to trust Beane that someday, somehow, it'll all make sense.
Crisp to Oakland? A minor, but confusing move
December 20, 2009, 11:43 pm