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A’s Need to Bring In Reinforcements
Casey Witt: Since the Athletics acquired Coco Crisp in 2010, he has undoubtedly been the green and gold’s spark plug at the top of their lineup. He’s a switch-hitter who can produce from both sides of the plate; especially when the game is on the line.
However, the 36-year-old veteran only played in 44 games this season, with frequent injuries ranging from hip and ankle soreness to a chronic neck dilemma he has battled for the majority of his playing career. As a result, it would seem unreasonable to see Crisp grind through a pressing 162-game season without landing on the disabled list at some point.
Bringing in a reinforcement or two would be wise on GM David Forst’s part. A proven slugger like Justin Morneau who is one season removed from a National League batting title with the Colorado Rockies is an ideal fit for Oakland; who’s capable of swinging 15-20 home runs a year — from the left side of the batters box, on a respected $5-7 million salary.
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