Center fielder Coco Crisp and left-hander Brett Anderson are officially back in the fold for the Oakland A’s, as the team exercised options on both players for 2014.
Two other expected moves came down Friday, as the A’s declined an $11 million option on outfielder Chris Young and an $8.5 million option on catcher Kurt Suzuki. Both players become free agents.
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Crisp’s option is worth $7.5 million, and it was a no-brainer the A’s would pick it up after the switch-hitting leadoff hitter posted the first 20-homer, 20-steal season by an Athletic since Ruben Sierra in 1993. The only question now is whether the A’s try to negotiate a multi-year contract with Crisp, as is the outfielder’s hope.
The A’s had also expressed their willingness to exercise Anderson’s $8 million option, which could be seen as pricey for a pitcher who has made just 24 starts over the past three seasons due to injuries. Anderson missed four months of this season with a foot injury and then pitched in relief upon his return.
Team officials have said Anderson will return to a starting role next season, but his name is also mentioned in trade speculation.
Young, who hit just .200 in his only season with Oakland, will receive a $1.5 million buyout. Suzuki, who was re-acquired in August from Washington but played sparingly behind Derek Norris and Stephen Vogt, gets a $650,000 buyout.