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Crisp played his first four seasons with Cleveland three in Boston and one in Kansas City prior to joining the A's. He appeared in only 75 games during an injury-plagued 2010 season, but made the most of his chances when he was healthy. The A's exercised their $5.75 million option on Crisp for 2011, when he rebounded to play in 136 games and stole a career-high 49 bases and was caught stealing nine times.
The A's went 74-88 last season but made strides after Bob Melvin came aboard as manager in June in place of Bob Geren. They haven't posted a winning record or earned a playoff berth since being swept in the 2006 AL championship series by Detroit.
In 2010, Crisp went on the disabled list in April with a broken pinkie finger and was placed on the DL again in May with a strained ribcage muscle. Crisp broke the pinkie a second time on Sept. 18 and missed the remainder of the season.
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