Athletics exercise club options for Crisp and Anderson

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.

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Athletics sweep Rangers now lead AL West by 6.5 games

On Sunday the Oakland Athletics completed a 3 game sweep of the Texas Rangers by a score of 5-1.  Tommy Milone made a spot start in place of Jarrod Parker who was scratched due to illness. Tommy, making his first start since August 27th, gave up only 1 run on 5 hits in 5 innings.  The offense backed Tommy with home runs by Josh Donaldson, Chris Young and Josh Reddick.  Today’s win puts the Athletics 6.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers and reduces the magic number to 8 with 13 games left to play.

Josh Donaldson continues to prove that he belong with the elite 3rd basemen in the league.  In his last 10 games he is batting .444 (16 for 36) with 4 home runs and 11 RBIs.  On the season Donaldson is batting .302 with 23 home runs and a .382 OBP.  Donaldson is leading all Athletics hitters in batting average, hits, walks, RBIs and OBP.  He has played in 146 of 149 games.

The Athletics have now won 5 straight and 16 of the last 20 games.  On Monday they begin their final home stand of the regular season where they will play the LA Angels and the Minnesota Twins.

Series recap:
Friday, September 13th
Oakland Athletics 9
Texas Rangers 8
WP: Dan Straily (10-7)
LP: Derek Holland (9-9)
SV: Sean Doolittle (2)

Saturday, September 14th
Oakland Athletics 1
Texas Rangers 0
WP: Bartolo Colon (16-6)
LP: Yu Darvish (12-9)
SV: Grant Balfour (38)

Sunday, September 15th
Oakland Athletics 5
Texas Rangers 1
WP: Tommy Milone (11-9)
LP: Martin Perez (9-5)