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Subtraction by Addition: Crisp Activated; Sogard Demoted

May 21, 2012

Coco Crisp, sidelined by an inner ear infection plus what seemed like issue after issue, has been reinstated off of the disabled list. In a corresponding move, infielder Eric Sogard was sent down to Triple-A Sacramento. Crisp has struggled in the time he has been healthy this season, as he has put up a .194/.260/.209 line in 73 plate appearances. He also is the owner of a .234 wOBA and 44 wRC+. Yet these piddling numbers, care of his $7M contract, will likely be reinserted into the Athletics lineup as the starting left fielder or potentially as the center fielder as Yoenis Cespedes is still on the disabled list and has yet to participate in baseball activities.

This a simple (and rare) case of subtraction by addition as Crisp has continued to deteriorate as a hitter to the knowledge of everyone it seems but the A’s front office. I try to avoid writing rant-ish posts but Crisp is simply someone who should not be on this team. He is bettered by every other starting member of the A’s outfield and one can argue fairly by every backup member of the outfield as well. The A’s managed to do the impossible, take a two-year contract and make it an albatross from the moment the ink on the contract dried. While I want Crisp to prove me wrong, I have no reason to expect him to do so. There are other organizations unafraid to acknowledge expensive mistakes, look no further than down the coast in San Diego where the Padres released Orlando Hudson and look poised to release Jason Bartlett. While I don’t advocate Oakland outright releasing Crisp, they should be looking at ways to move him so that the team can take a step forward instead of stall in neutral.

Eric Sogard is the victim of this roster move. He hasn’t done very much to be pleased with at the MLB level, not only this year but in general, but Sogard’s versatility is far more useful than anything Crisp and a now bloated five-plus man outfield bring the team (remember, Adam Rosales also can play in the outfield as well). In 71 plate appearances, Sogard hit .136/.186/.242 with a .197 wOBA and 19 wRC+ while splitting time between second base, shortstop and third base.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Don T permalink
    May 21, 2012 10:19 pm

    I agree that Crisp doesn’t add much to the team. I would argue that neither do Sogard or Rosales. You may call them versatile but neither is MLB caliber, particularly at the plate where the A’s need help. They have far too many non-productive players on the roster. Unload all three.

    • May 21, 2012 10:21 pm

      Sogard and Rosales don’t add much to the team. My point there really is that Crisp plays a position of relative strength and his inclusion weakens that strength. Sogard, Rosales etc, are backup infielder who can play wherever in a pinch. Is there someone in Sacramento better for that role? Not really. So Crisp in the OF is a net loss, whereas Sogard or Rosales are relative neutral in their impact.

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