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Cowgill Activated and Optioned

July 17, 2012

Collin Cowgill, sidelined with a sprained ankle, was activated off of the disabled list today and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Cowgill was a bright spot when he got injured but has been worth just 0.3 WAR on the season in 108 plate appearances, though for perspective’s sake Coco Crisp has been worth 0.4 WAR in 251 plate appearances. Cowgill owns a .271/.343/.313 slash line with a 10.2% BB% and 22.2% K%. Cowgill just couldn’t crack into the A’s busy outfield picture and that is understandable as he has been good but not standout – I still think he is a better option than Coco.

Cowgill has also spent time in Sacramento this year where he is hitting .260/.317/.375 in 104 plate appearances. He likely remains the first call up option for Billy Beane should any outfielder go down or not perform.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2012 8:25 pm

    I’d rather see Michael Taylor than Cowgill.

    • July 21, 2012 2:26 am

      What do you like in Taylor? I like Cowgill a lot more than I do Taylor. Taylor just seems like a mess and I don’t buy his hitting lines in Sacramento.

  2. SC_Athletics_fan permalink
    July 20, 2012 6:38 pm

    I really hoped Billy Beane could have given Cowgill more of a chance in Oakland. I know Coco Crisp is under contract thru 2013, but with both CIN & WAS needing a top of the order CF, why couldn’t Beane work out a trade and absorb some of the $ left on Crisp’s contract. I know Crisp is only hitting .242/.304/.320 .2 WAR, but he’s still strong defensively and is much cheaper than Victorino, Bourne, or BJ Upton and in my opinion a better CF option than either Stubbs or Bernardina.

    With both of these teams competing for the playoffs, it seems like this would make sense for both the Athletics and either the Reds or Nationals.

    • July 21, 2012 2:27 am

      I’d love to see the A’s deal Crisp. Don’t think it is impossible, but also think it probably is a bit tough given his lack of production and other names still on the market like Peter Bourjos.

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