UPDATE (Wednesday): Cleveland officially acquired Crisp from the Athletics for lefty Colt Hynes, as our Justin Klugh wrote.
ORIGINAL (Tuesday): The Indians and Athletics are progressing on a trade that would send outfielder Coco Crisp to Cleveland, according to MLBTR’s Steve Adams. While a deal is not yet finalized, Crisp has already waived his 10-and-5 rights to facilitate a deal.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the sides are in serious talks, but that a deal is not expected Tuesday night.
Crisp, 36, recently expressed frustration over playing time despite hitting just .234/.299/.399 in 434 at-bats with Oakland this season. Crisp’s contract includes a $13 million vesting option that activates at either 550 plate appearances or 130 games played, and the outfielder believes that the A’s have been intentionally keeping him out of the lineup in order to allow him to hit free agency this winter and save money.
If a deal is finalized, Crisp will provide an option alongside Rajai Davis, Brandon Guyer, Abraham Almonte, Tyler Naquin and Lonnie Chisenhall in an Indians’ outfield that has been reeling from the loss of Michael Brantley all season. Crisp spent the first four seasons of his major-league career with the Indians before being traded to the Red Sox before the 2006 season.
Crisp is a 15-year major-league veteran with the Indians (2002-05), Red Sox (2006-08), Royals (2009) and Athletics (2010-16).