There is one certainty with Coco Crisp: he won't play a full slate of games. Various dings and dents have kept him from exceeding 145 games played in any single season of his career, and he hasn't topped 131 contests since 2011. His fantasy value has been built on the foundation of high counts of stolen bases mixed in with a late-career power spike, but the steals were few and far between in 2016 and the power was not enough to make up the difference. His diminished speed was also reflected in his lack of playing time in center field, where he started just 34 games last season. Crisp's wet noodle of a throwing arm keeps him confined to left field, where his bat fails to live up to the offensive demands of the position. The rigatoni righty was replaced in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series by Michael Martinez, who made the final out as we are left to wonder what might have been if hot Coco had been afforded one more shot.
Crisp will not have his option picked up by the Indians, thus making him a free agent, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Crisp was a serviceable outfielder for the Indians following his arrival from Oakland, although $13 million was too big of a price to pay to keep the veteran around for another season. The 37-year-old has lost a step, but his solid contact abilities could help him garner a major league spot this offseason.
Crisp went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in the Indians' 7-4 win over the Tigers. Crisp's home run came in the second inning to lead off the scoring for the Indians, who clinched the AL Central with the win. It was Crisp's 13th home run of the year, and it gave him his 54th and 55th RBI. Although his batting average is just .235, he's hitting .400 in his last seven games.
Crisp went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer against the White Sox on Wednesday. Crisp hadn't homered since Aug. 17, but this has still been his second-best power season in the last decade. He'd been struggling in a small sample since coming over to the Indians, going only 3-for-17 -- reflective of the sporadic playing time that'll ensure his fantasy value remains quite limited down the stretch.
Crisp was added to Cleveland's 40-man roster Thursday. Crisp has gone just 4-for-28 (.179) over the last 14 games, bringing his batting average down to just .234 for the year. It's unlikely that his performance at the plate is enough to upstage any of Cleveland's starting outfielders, so look for Crisp to simply add depth to the roster and be used when regular starters are given a day off.
Crisp was traded to the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for minor leaguer Colt Hynes. The veteran will return to Cleveland, where he spent the first four years of his major league career. At age 36, he's no longer the dynamic outfielder he once was, but he'll provide depth down the stretch as the Indians attempt to hold off the Tigers and Royals in the AL Central race. Crisp, who is expected to be added to the roster Friday, hit .234 with 47 RBI in 102 games for Oakland.