TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have added outfield depth by acquiring Coco Crisp in a trade with the Oakland Athletics.READ MORE: Volvo Adds 195,000 Vehicles To Recall For Dangerous Air Bags
The AL Central leaders sent pitcher Colt Hynes and cash to the A’s for Crisp, who began his career with Cleveland in 2002. The 36-year-old gives the club another switch-hitter, more speed and postseason experience.
Crisp can play left or center field. The Indians were in the market for another outfielder after Michael Brantley had to undergo season-ending surgery and Abraham Almonte was disqualified from the postseason following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.READ MORE: McLaren Will Pay $5M, Not $20M, In Flint Water Settlement
Crisp batted .235 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs in 102 games this season. Thanks to the trade, he goes from playing on a last-place club to the Indians, who enter Wednesday’s games leading their division by 4½ games.
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