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MLB: Sources: A’s, free agent Crisp near deal

December 20, 2009

The Oakland Athletics and free agent outfielder Coco Crisp were on the verge of a contract agreement Sunday morning, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

The pending deal was for one year at $4.5 million-$5 million, the sources said.

An eight-year veteran, Crisp has played with the Indians, Red Sox and Royals.

The career .277 hitter underwent season-ending rotator-cuff surgery to both shoulders in 2009 after appearing in only 49 games.

The Royals acquired Crisp in Nov. 2008 in a trade with the Red Sox for right-hander Ramon Ramirez.

Kansas City declined a contract option with Crisp for 2010, making him a free agent.

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