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Monday, March 19, 2012

Yoenis Cespedes will start season in center field for A’s

Demigod? He might even be better than Daemon in CF!

Yoenis Cespedes must be a “demigod,” because he’s ousted Coco Crisp as the Athletics’ opening day starter in center field.

On Monday, Oakland manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Cespedes would be his center fielder when the team starts the season next week in Japan against the Mariners (via San Francisco Chronicle). In February, Crisp, the incumbent, said, “Unless he’s a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me in center field.”

Crisp, the mere mortal, will be the team’s starting left fielder, Melvin said. Crisp has started 203 games in left in his career, but none since 2005 when he was with the Indians. Melvin told reporters that one of the reasons Cespedes will start in center and Crisp in left is because Cespedes will be more comfortable in center and he’s already dealing with a enough adjustments. Crisp, on the other hand, is a seasoned pro that can handle playing a different position. However, Melvin also said this is the plan just for the two games in Japan, that things beyond that are to be determined.

Repoz Posted: March 19, 2012 at 04:24 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Al Kaline Trio Posted: March 19, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4084576)
Crisp obviously missed Yoenis' youtube vid.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: March 19, 2012 at 07:41 PM (#4084713)
My Fantasy OFers are dismal this year. I went to see how Reddick is doing. He's tearing it up, but Brandon Moss is doing even better*...any word on who the starting RFer will be this year?


*How funny would it be if Moss and Reddick outperformed Crawford, Sweeney, Ross and DMac? Not a stretch I guess.
   3. Dan Posted: March 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4084719)
Moss was already optioned to Sacramento. He never had a shot at starting. Smith is the only guy who might take PT from Reddick, but even that probably wouldn't be until after Manny is back since Smith should get the lion's share of DH at-bats until Manny's return.

Cespedes over Crisp in CF makes a ton of sense if Cespedes has the range to be a legitimate center fielder simply because he has a good throwing arm and Crisp barely throws better than Johnny Damon. Crisp's arm is less of a liability in LF, and his range will still be an asset in Oakland's spacious outfield. If Cespedes can play good defense in CF, Oakland will have an amazing defense with Crisp-Cespedes-Reddick across the outfield.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: March 19, 2012 at 11:50 PM (#4084844)
Also Cespedes is a potential long-term solution in CF while Crisp is a 1-year stopgap (it is just 1 year right?).

Plus Cespedes the CF will be a more attractive trade target than Cespedes the LF when Beane shops him after 2013. :-)
   5. Bourbon Samurai Posted: March 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM (#4084879)
Sure why not.
   6. Tripon Posted: March 20, 2012 at 01:06 AM (#4084884)
This just makes re-signing Crisp all the more odder.
   7. Swedish Chef Posted: March 20, 2012 at 03:35 AM (#4084908)
Also Cespedes is a potential long-term solution in CF while Crisp is a 1-year stopgap (it is just 1 year right?).

2 years/$13M with an $7.5M option for 2014 ($1M buyout).

Not all that stopgappy.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 20, 2012 at 08:38 AM (#4084939)

This just makes re-signing Crisp all the more odder.


Not really. Billy's MO is to "win" transactions, not form a coherent roster. The Crisp signing in a vacuum was a great signing!
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 20, 2012 at 08:52 AM (#4084946)
Not really. Billy's MO is to "win" transactions, not form a coherent roster. The Crisp signing in a vacuum was a great signing!

It certainly seems that way, doesn't it?
   10. attaboy Posted: March 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4085197)
If he 'won' the transaction war, then he'll have a good trading chip in Crisp and that is important because Crisp ain't gonna be happy in LF!
   11. Squash Posted: March 20, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4085230)
I'm fairly certain Beane's crystal ball didn't inform him he was going to get Cespedes when he signed Crisp a month+ in advance.
   12. Danny Posted: March 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4085283)
By all accounts, the A's signed Crisp because 1) they needed to add payroll to meet the unofficial salary floor, and 2) they needed outfielders since their 3 starters from 2011 were FA and their 4th OF had just been traded to Boston. They probably would have spent that money elsewhere had they known that they could get Cespedes a month later, but I don't think they were expecting that.

They really should release Gomes at this point--or I guess they should wait to see if everyone's still healthy after they get back from Japan. With Crisp and Cespedes in 2 OF spots and one of Kila/Allen at 1B, they've got Reddick, Smith, Cowgill, Gomes, and the other of Kila/Allen competing for RF and DH. And then Carter/Barton in AAA and Manny coming back in June. I don't see why Gomes should play ahead of any of those guys.
   13. The Good Face Posted: March 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM (#4085312)
Crisp obviously missed Yoenis' youtube vid.


CORE STRENGTH!
   14. Vance W Posted: March 20, 2012 at 05:55 PM (#4085531)
So what is the first base situation in Oakland, I mean besides grim? Allen, Kila, who??
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4085547)
Daric Barton is still on the ML roster, although he's only played one game this spring.
   16. Squash Posted: March 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM (#4085588)
So what is the first base situation in Oakland, I mean besides grim? Allen, Kila, who??

I think you nailed it with grim. Barton, Allen, Kila, maybe Gomes, maybe even Carter, maybe even Smith. Any one of those guys could end up playing 20 games. I wouldn't be surprised if 2 or 3 guys are the "starter" at some point during the season. Assuming Barton is dead, I bet Allen starts the first game.

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