Twelve-year veteran Coco Crisp is coming off one of his strongest seasons in the bigs, and the A's want him back. The team will pick up the outfielder's $7.5 million option for 2014, general manager Billy Beane told CSNCalifornia.com on Friday.
"We have to wait for an announcement, but we plan on having Coco back next year," Beane said. "He's such an important part of this club."
The other course of action was to spend $1 million to buy out the final year of Crisp's two-year, $14 million contract and make him a free agent, but it was an easy decision after Oakland's leadoff hitter eclipsed the 20-home run plateau for the first time in his career.
Crisp, 33, hit .261 with 22 home runs, 93 runs, 66 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 131 games this year, his fourth with the A's.