The Oakland A’s are Major League Baseball’s hipster team. They consistently field a roster of 4-A players and hope a few of them pan out well enough to ship off to a contending team in return for more players they can develop. Rinse, repeat. They’ve been using this formula for nearly a decade now and although it made for a nice movie, it has never resulted in Oakland advancing to the World Series, let alone winning. One of the few players that has been a mainstay for the A’s was Coco Crisp. On Wednesday, he became the last to say goodbye.
In a season that already saw one fan favorite in Josh Reddick depart, Crisp is the latest dagger to the hearts of A’s fans. It shouldn’t have been hard to see this move coming after Crisp’s outspoken remarks about not getting enough playing time, but it hurts nonetheless.
Crisp departs for the Cleveland Indians who currently have a 5.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the Central Division and look to be prime contenders to make a deep run this October. As an added bonus for the Indians, the Crisp deal took place ahead of the deadline to be used in post-season, he can help out in the playoffs.
Coco made his major league debut for Cleveland in 2002 and stayed with them through 2005. He has also played for the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals during his tenure in the big leagues.
In return Oakland received…yet another pitcher. After covering the A’s this year I’m convinced Billy Beane is determined to field an entire roster of pitchers in the near future. Colt Hynes is the player coming over from Cleveland, and although a small sample size, his numbers at the major league level are shaky at best.
He has had two brief stints in The Show. He originally came up in 2013 with the San Diego Padres, amassing an ERA of 9.00 with a WHIP of 2.00 in 17 innings over 22 games. In 2015 he made his American League debut with the Toronto Blue Jays, albeit very briefly. In five games, he pitched 3 innings with an ERA of 6.00 and a WHIP of 3.33. Those two stints have caused his career numbers to be less than ideal, with an ERA of 8.55 and WHIP of 2.20. For reference the average ERA in the majors is around 4.00 and a WHIP of 1.5 is considered fairly poor. Hynes’ numbers are worse than both of those. Add to that he’s 31 years old and it’s hard to see this as anything but a dump of Crisp by the Athletics.
Hynes has already been optioned to Nashville where he will likely stay unless Oakland can find someone else to offload him onto, while Crisp gets to return to the team that gave him his Major League life in an attempt to give the city of Cleveland not one, but two titles in major sports this year.