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Cespedes might be center of attention, but not to Crisp

The Sports Xchange

--OF Coco Crisp told the San Francisco Chronicle that, although the team might have plans to put newly signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in center field, he believes he is the team's best center fielder and he would prefer to remain there. Crisp told the newspaper that one reason he decided to re-sign with Oakland rather than to go to Tampa Bay as a free agent was because he knew he would be in center field with the A's.

--OF Yoenis Cespedes, 26, agreed to terms on a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's. The Cuban defector is likely to start the season on the A's roster and to play center field, pushing Coco Crisp to left, although the final decision will come during spring training. Cespedes hit .333 with 33 home runs and 99 RBIS in 90 games in his final season in Cuba, 2010-11.

--OF Seth Smith is likely to get more at-bats as the designated hitter than in the outfield, because of the addition of Cespedes, according to the Chronicle. Smith was expected to play left in a platoon with Jonny Gomes, but Crisp might be shifted from center to left to accommodate Cespedes, with Josh Reddick remaining in right.

--DH Manny Ramirez remains a strong consideration for the A's according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Despite the team's recent agreement with Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, Ramirez remains "on the board" for Oakland, the newspaper reported. Ramirez must sit out the first 50 games of the season for violating the league's drug policy.

1.091 -- Yoenis Cespedes' OPS his final season in Cuba, when he broke the league's home-run record with 33 in 90 games.

"I'm going to make all the plays. If someone feels there's someone better than me, it's hard for me to believe. Unless he's a demigod come down from the heavens, no one is going to outshine me in center field." -- OF Coco Crisp on the possibility he'd move from center to left field with the arrival of Yoenis Cespedes, in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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