It's official -- Crisp re-signs with A's

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It's official -- Crisp re-signs with A's

The A's have made a flurry of trades since the end of the 2011 season, but made a move to solidify both their offense and outfield defense with Thursday's announcement that the team agreed with Coco Crisp on a two-year deal.

Comcast SportsNet California broke the news of the deal on Tuesday. The agreement is for two years, at 14 milliontotal with a club option for a third year. According to the source who spoke exclusively with Comcast SportsNet California, the two years and 14 million are guaranteed, and the clubsoption for the third year is for 7.5 million. If the club decided to let Crispgo after the second year, it would have to pay a 1 million buyout.Crisp, a career .275 hitter, hit .264 with eight homers and54 RBI with 49 stolen bases in 136 games in 2011. Crisp provided Oakland with a .314 OBP.

Official press release:
The Oakland As agreed to terms with outfielder Coco Crisp on a two-year contract through the 2013 season with a club option for 2014, the club announced today.

Crisp batted .264 with eight home runs, 54 RBI and a career-high 49 stolen bases in 136 games with Oakland last year. He tied for the American League lead in stolen bases and led the As in hits (140) and at bats (531) while tying for the team lead in runs scored (69). Crisp became the 10th player (26th time) in Oakland history to steal 40 bases in a season and is the first Athletic to lead the league in steals since Rickey Henderson had 66 in 1998. The 32-year-old switch hitter also batted .298 with runners in scoring position and ranked 10th in the AL with an average of 8.97 plate appearances per strikeout.

Crisp was originally signed by the As to a two-year contract prior to the 2010 season and has a .269 average with 16 home runs, 92 RBI and 81 stolen bases in 211 games in two seasons with Oakland. The stolen bases are fifth most in the AL over the last two years. Crisp has played for four teams in a 10-year Major League career that includes stops with Cleveland (2002-05), Boston (2006-08), Kansas City (2009) and Oakland (2010-11). He is a .275 hitter with 75 home runs, 419 RBI and 218 stolen bases in 1043 career games.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.

A's hopeful Matt Chapman will be released from hospital Sunday

A's hopeful Matt Chapman will be released from hospital Sunday

Matt Chapman's first stint with the A's was cut short by a left knee infection.

The highly-touted third baseman was placed on the disabled list on Thursday and admitted to a hospital for treatment. He's been receiving antibiotics via intravenous.

Prior to Sunday's series finale in Chicago, manager Bob Melvin was asked about Chapman's status.

"Our hope is that he gets out [of the hospital] today. I know he's making significant strides. This has been really good for him, the drip of the antibiotics as opposed to the oral antibiotics he was taking," Melvin told reporters in Chicago. "I know once he gets out of there, they want to make sure there's no complications, so we're probably being a little bit conservative, but we can because he's on the DL."

Chapman's placement on the DL is retroactive to June 19, so he's eligible to be activated on Thursday, though Melvin wouldn't commit to saying if the 24-year-old will be ready.

"Once he gets out and once we start doing some baseball activities, we'll have a better idea of that," Melvin said.

In 14 at-bats with the A's, Chapman collected three hits including one double, drove in three runs and scored twice.

The 2014 first-round pick earned the promotion after hitting .257/.348/.589 with 16 home runs and 30 RBI in 49 games for Triple-A Nashville.