CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Sometimes when you need some help, you have to ask an old friend.
The Cleveland Indians officially acquired outfielder Coco Crisp from the Athletics, sending Minor League left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes to Oakland to complete the deal.
The Indians also received cash from the A’s in the swap. The Associated Press reported that Oakland will send Cleveland $1,673,497, half payable on Sept. 15 and the rest on Sept. 30.
Crisp is expected to report to the team on Thursday and will be added to the active roster on Friday. With MLB rosters set to expand on Sept. 1, no additional roster move will be necessary to add Crisp to the big league club.
The veteran outfielder, who waived his ten-and-five rights to accept the deal, joins the Tribe after spending the past seven seasons in Oakland. The 36-year-old switch-hitter is slashing .234/.299/.399 (89 wRC+) in 2016 with 11 homers, 47 RBI, 45 runs and seven stolen bases in 102 games for the Athletics.
For what it’s worth, Crisp is slashing .263/.329/.449 (108 wRC+) away from the spacious Oakland Coliseum this year.
Crisp rejoins the organization he made his big league debut with. After being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999, Crisp was traded to Cleveland for left-handed pitcher Chuck Finley in 2002 and made his debut later that season with the Indians.
He was traded to the Boston Red Sox by Cleveland following the 2005 campaign.
Crisp is earning $11 million this season, and a $13 million option exists under his current contract for next year. The option only vests, however, if the veteran outfielder reaches 130 games or 550 plate appearances (via Cot’s Contracts) this season.
He has currently played in 102 games and received 434 plate appearances in 2016.
With outfielder Abraham Almonte ineligible for the playoff roster due to the 80-game suspension for PEDs he served earlier this season, the club needed to grab some additional outfield help prior to the Sept. 1 cutoff for playoff roster eligibility.
Crisp will join Almonte, Rajai Davis, Tyler Naquin, Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer in the Tribe’s current outfield rotation and take the 40-man roster spot once occupied by reliever Tommy Hunter, who was released by the Indians last week.
The move also reunites the switch-hitter with Terry Francona, who managed him in Boston.