A’s not inclined to trade outfielders, Gomes return to Oakland unlikely

In a post to her blog for the San Francisco Chronicle, Susan Slusser says the A’s are not inclined to trade any of their other outfielders after acquiring Chris Young from the Diamondbacks.

In regards to the possibility of dealing Coco Crisp this winter, A’s GM Billy Beane told Slusser “I really like our outfielders. Everybody knows how important this guy is to this team and he also is a personal favorite of mine.”

However, if the A’s ultimately decides to trade Crisp, Jim Bowden of ESPN says the Mets, Rays, Indians and Mariners might all be interested in acquiring him.

Crisp, who turns 33 in November, hit .259 with a .325 OBP, 11 home runs and 46 RBI and 39 stolen bases in 455 at-bats for Oakland in 2012 – he hit .265 against right-handed pitching, .244 against left-handed pitching.

Meanwhile, now that the A’s have acquired Young, Slusser says it’s unlikely the A’s will retain OF Jonny Gomes for 2013.

Gomes, 31, signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the A’s this past January. He hit .262 with 18 home runs and 47 RBI in 279 at-bats over 99 games with Oakland in 2012.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets need two things in the outfield: power and speed. The Mets were too station-to-station up and down their lineup (i.e.: singles hitters), and acquiring both of those assets will go a long way towards fixing those problems. However, it’s going to be hard to find that combination in one player. But acquiring a player like (but not necessarily) Crisp, who gets on base, steals, and is a good first-to-third threat should be qualities the Mets are interested in adding to the outfield this winter. That, and a player like Gomes – who hits for power and is right-handed – are steps in the right direction.