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Athletics close to deal with Crisp

Athletics close to deal with Crisp

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The A's are close to signing veteran outfielder Coco Crisp to a one-year deal worth between $4.5 million and $5 million, according to an ESPN.com report citing multiple sources.

Crisp, 30, batted .228 with three home runs, 14 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 49 games with the Royals last season before undergoing surgery to repair the rotator cuff and labrum in both shoulders. The Royals decided not to pick up their $8 million club option on Crisp for 2010, thus making the switch-hitter a free agent.

Crisp told MLB.com earlier this month that he expects to be at full strength for the start of Spring Training.

"I'm not worried about the capability of playing 100 percent as far as the season goes," he said.

A veteran of eight big league seasons with the Royals, Red Sox and Indians, Crisp has a .277 lifetime average and .377 on-base percentage to go along with 59 homers, 327 RBIs and 137 steals in 832 games.

The addition of Crisp will likely force incumbent center fielder Rajai Davis, who batted .305 in 125 games with the A's last season, to move to one of the corner outfielder spots.

The Padres, White Sox and Cubs also reportedly had interest in Crisp.

Ed Eagle is a reporter and producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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