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Option Decisions: Crisp, Anderson back in 2014

As expected, the A’s announced option decisions soon after the quiet period began.

Jason O. Watson

Here is the news, as tweeted out by the team itself:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href=";src=hash">#Athletics</a> exercise contract options on Brett Anderson and Coco Crisp for 2014...decline to exercise options on Kurt Suzuki and Chris Young.</p>&mdash; Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) <a href="">November 1, 2013</a></blockquote>
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This should come as no surprise to anyone.  Crisp will almost certainly be worth his salary in 2014.  Brett Anderson, even at $8M, is a gamble worth taking considering his trade value right now is so low.

Chris Young was a severe disappointment this year.  I'm not saying that the A's shouldn't have made the trade for Pennington that brought him to Oakland - but it certainly didn't work out the way the A's (or Young) expected.  On the other hand, I'd also say he's a prime bounceback candidate and looks ripe for a one-year deal.  Indeed, if Seth Smith is traded, it's not inconceivable that the A's could re-sign Young for something like 1 year/$4M.  Otherwise, if he does have a bounceback year, he'll be someone's great offseason bargain.

Kurt Suzuki was acquired at a time when the A's had a dearth of catchers down the stretch.  No one truly expected his option would be exercised either, but he probably has a cheap multi-year deal in his future.  As a solid defender with some occasional pop and an excellent reputation for durability, he's a pretty decent backup or second-division team starter.  Think Brent Mayne, but younger and more athletic.

Now that that is over with, the only remaining immediate question is whether the A's can re-sign Colon...