A's Trade OF Coco Crisp to Cleveland

- Coco Crisp, the 36-year-old switch hitter, is headed to the Cleveland Indians for minor league left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes, the club announced Wednesday.  

To take Crisp’s spot on the roster, the A’s recalled infielder Joey Wendle from Triple-A Nashville.

According to the club, Crisp was batting .234 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 102 games with Oakland this year.  He is leading the majors with a .424 batting average with runners in scoring position but ranks last with a .155 average when leading off a game.  Crisp started 51 games in left field and 34 in right field.

Crisp originally signed with the A’s as a free agent on Dec. 23, 2009 and batted .253 with 69 home runs, 304 RBI and 169 stolen bases in 734 games over seven seasons in an A’s uniform. 

He ranks fourth on the Oakland career list in stolen bases and is fifth with 26 triples.

Crisp appeared in 665 games in the outfield, which ranks eighth in Oakland history.  

Crisp returns to Cleveland, where he made his Major League debut in 2002 and played four seasons.  He also played for Boston (2006-08) and Kansas City (2009) before joining the A’s.  Crisp is a .266 career hitter with 128 home runs, 631 RBI and 306 stolen bases in 1566 career games in 15 seasons.

Wendle, a 26-year-old left hander, was batting .279 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI in 125 games with Nashville.  He is tied for fifth in the Pacific Coast League in triples (9) and extra base hits (52), ranks sixth in runs (81), tied for sixth in hits (137) and seventh in doubles (31).  

According to the club, Hynes, a 31-year-old left hander, began the season in the Toronto organization and was traded to the Cleveland organization on Aug. 3.  He combined for a 3-1 record, two saves and a 3.99 ERA in 38 relief appearances with Double-A New Hampshire, Triple-A Buffalo, Triple-A Columbus and Double-Akron.  The 31-year-old left-hander struck out 52 and walked just nine in 47.1 innings. 

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