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Monday, August 15, 2016

Coco Crisp ‘hurt,’ believes A’s trying to prevent option

But now the A’s longest tenured player is upset and told The Chronicle he is convinced that the team is deliberately not using him in order to avoid having his $13 million vesting option for 2017 kick in.

“I’m extremely hurt, the way things are being handled,” said Crisp, who did not play in Monday’s 5-2 loss at Texas. “I’m not calling anyone names, but this is really frustrating and disappointing. This has been my favorite organization going back to when I was a kid, because of Rickey Henderson, and I’ve enjoyed playing here so much, and I’ve put it all out there. … Up until recently, it’s been tremendously enjoyable.”

Crisp, 36, needs to play in 130 games for his option to vest. He has played in 93 of Oakland’s 119 games, but is not starting against left-handed pitchers and manager Bob Melvin, who uses his bench liberally, has not been using Crisp to pinch hit. That has heightened suspicions that Crisp is being held out for contract reasons.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2016 at 11:22 PM | 13 comment(s)
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