Of course, if general manager Billy Beane keeps to his word, Crisp isn't going anywhere. After acquiring Chris Young, many thought it meant the end in Oakland for Crisp. However, Beane noted Crisp's off-the-field worth according to the Associated Press (h/t: ESPN): "I really like our outfield. Everybody knows how important this guy is to this team and also has the benefit of being a personal favorite of mine."
It's true, the A's are in need of a veteran presence. With the departures of Johnny Gomes to the Boston Red Sox and Brandon McCarthy to the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the likelihood Brandon Inge signs elsewhere, Oakland will be lacking in that department.
That doesn't stop teams in need from asking.
Teams who were interested in Pagan for his speed and abilities as a leadoff man may now turn their attention to Crisp. He is, after all, a cheaper option than Pagan ($7 million to Pagan's $8.25 million). Worst-case scenario, if Crisp doesn't do well for an inquiring team who pulls off a trade, he is a free agent at the end of the season.
Here are five potential trade partners who—though they may not succeed—could try to snag Crisp from the A's.