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Coco Crisp simply isn't worth $7 million this coming season.
Trade Coco Crisp.
The A's acquired center fielder Chris Young early this offseason in a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Marlins, and he'll get his at-bats shuffling between all three outfield positions and the DH spot.
That is, unless the team can find a taker for Coco Crisp, who makes $7 million this coming season and has a $7.5 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2014.
He's the only legitimate lead-off hitter on the A's roster, but by midseason someone like shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima or even Young could prove capable of filling that role.
Either way, Crisp is not exactly an on-base machine (.325 OBP in 2012), and if the team can save a few million and avoid having to buy him out next season it would be a solid move.
Have second base figured out.
The A's roster is essentially set entering the 2013 season, with the only major question being second base.
Scott Sizemore will have the first crack at the job, as he hit 11 home runs in 305 at-bats after coming over from the Tigers in 2011 but missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
Don't count out Jemile Weeks, though, as he was as promising a player as anyone on the A's roster entering last season. Prospect Grant Green could be in the mix as well, as he continues to look for a position to call home.
One way or another, the A's should have this situation figured out by midseason, and they could look to deal whoever doesn't land the job, as second basemen are always in demand.