If you are an Atlanta Braves fan, then the idea of Coco Crisp does not get you too excited. Josh Willingham is not really a sexy trade to get the fan base and team motivated to make a stretch run. But both Willingham and Crisp in one trade, that would be a pretty strong deal worth consideration if you are the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves have that need in CF, and Crisp fills that need. It was stated earlier about the Braves need for a leadoff hitter, Crisp fills that. Braves need right handed hitting sticks, Crisp and Willingham fit that bill.
Why though would the Braves want both of these guys? The average Braves fan could tell you that if you got Crisp and put him in center, then Willingham would be left out. Not so fast! Jason Heyward is having a down season, and beyond down when you view his paltry numbers against LHP (.167 avg and .255 obp..ouch). Willingham would be a great platoon for Heyward in right field. Then, you also have to consider the health of Chipper Jones. If Chipper stays healthy, and that is a BIG if, then he still needs to rest once every three days. In that situation, you put Prado at 3B, and slide Willingham to LF.
What then is fair compensation? If you are the Oakland A's, anything. Buster Olney recently claimed that the A's may currently be the worst franchise in baseball (guess that does not help to hype up the soon to be realeased movie Moneyball, sorry Billy Beane). That means that they need a lot of help. Crisp is a free agent at the end of the season, he is not even a type B free agent. Therefore, if they do not move him, they get nothing for him at all. The Braves get two bats that can help out their team. One is a nice power right handed bat that is much needed, the other is a speedy, leadoff type guy that can play CF, also another massive need. Sounds like a match.
Braves could offer up Hoover, Oberholzer, and Lipka in exchange for Crisp and Willingham.