Two highly expected moves were formally announced on Friday. The Oakland Athletics exercise the club options for outfielder, Coco Crisp and left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson.
Coco was the main spark plug for the Athletics’s return to the postseason. He batted .267 with an on base percentage of .335 in 131 games this season. Coco also set a new career high for home runs with 22, doubling his total from 2012. His previous best was 16 back in 2005 when he played for the Cleveland Indians.
Brett Anderson struggled once again with the injury bug in 2013. He did get into 16 games, his highest total since 2010, but only 5 were starts. Brett proved valuable for the Athletics in the stretch drive as he came out of the bullpen. On the season he went 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA. Brett did tally 46 strikeouts in 44.2 innings. Brett’s future role with the Athletics is dependent on whether or not they can resign the 40 year old Bartolo Colon. Colon returned to his All-Star for this year collecting an 18-6 record.
2 Club Options Declined
Not surprisingly the Oakland Athletics declined the club options for veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki and struggling outfielder Chris Young.
Kurt filled in at catcher quite nicely when John Jaso and Derek Norris were banged up late in the season. However, with the emergence of Stephen Vogt and a healthy Derek Norris the is simply no room for Kurt.
Chris has one of his worst seasons as he played in 107 games and batted a measly .200. The only upside for the outfielder was the 12 home runs he hit this season. Barring any off season acquisitions this move makes room for No. 2 Prospect Michael Choice to get extended playing time at the Major League level.