Is Coco Crisp Better Off in Royals Blue or Red Sox?

Craig ShoreyContributor IMay 17, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 30:  Coco Crisp #2 of the Kansas City Royals runs to third base with a triple in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 30, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

Thirty-six games into the Royals’ season who is better off with Coco Crisp in Kansas City?

This story has three viewpoints the Red Sox, Royals and Crisps.

Sometime last year the Red Sox came to the conclusion that they would go with Jacoby Ellsbury and trade Coco away.  In November they did just that, dealing him to the Royals for pitcher Ramon Ramierz.

Ellsbury is currently hitting .307; racked up 13 RBI’s and is second in the American League in stolen bases with 16. If he keeps this pace up for the entire season he could reach nearly 70 RBI’s with over 80 stolen bases.

Plus, the Sox have Ramon Ramierz who has only allowed teams to maintain a .113 batting average off him. His ERA is a mind blowing 0.45 for the 20 innings he has pitched thus far this year.

The Royals have to look at the lost of Ramierz. Perhaps they also have to consider giving up on Joey Gathright who went to the Chicago Cubs and was recently traded to the Baltimore Orioles.

One could make a case that Coco might have really been chosen over some other outfielders but this is most direct look, as there is no way to know who they might have signed.

Gathright’s year so far is not making Royals fan cry to say the least. Ramierz on the hand could  give them a little twinge but with the Royals currently holding on to the best team ERA 3.65 that twinge can pass.

Coco on the other hand is only averaging .242 compared to last year’s .284. David DeJesus might have played center field this year as he did last year but was moved to left for Coco, is not doing any better with a batting average of .234.

On the bright side for Royal Blue fans Coco is up slightly in OBP, and SLG. Plus, he could steal more bases this year than ever before in his career.

According to the Boston Herald as far back as nine months before the trade happened Coco wanted to play every day or be traded to a place where he would.

Crisp has played in 35 of the 36 games this year. You can not get much more day to day than that and he his getting paid a cool million dollars more this year than last year.

Who got the best end of the Coco Crisp trade?


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