Mets have shown interest in Coco Crisp, Oakland might keep him

Coco Crisp 1 polaroidThe Mets showed interest in A’s OF Coco Crisp, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, but, “the sense is that the Athletics will keep him.”

Crisp, 33, 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.

Crisp is entering the final year of a two-year, $14 million contract he signed with the A’s before the 2012 season. The A’s hold a $7.5 million option on Crisp for 2014 with a $1 million buyout.

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.