Crisp has been displaced to LF in Oakland by Yoenis Cespedes. Crisp hit an average of .272 in three years in Boston with a three year OBP average of .331. Health has always been Crisp's issue, having only played 124 games combined in 2009 and 2010. But, Crisp stole 49 bases for Oakland last year (tied for most in AL with Brett Gardner) and was able to play in 136 games.
After watching Repko try to dive for a fly ball and miss and Ross completely misplay a fly ball in the 5th inning today, having Crisp in the outfield defensively would be an upgrade. In his 10 year career, Crisp is a +20 player according to the sabermetric stat Rtot, or "Total Zone Total Fielding Runs Above Avg", which is the number of runs above or below average the player was worth based on the number of plays made. However, in 2011, Crisp was an even 0 and he hasn't had a season higher than +5 since 2007 when he had a career high +25 with the Red Sox.In conclusion, if Ellsbury is going to be out until after the all-star break, I believe they could do worse than bringing Crisp back. The question is what they might have to give up for him. It was mentioned on the MLBTradeRumors site that the A's desperately need infield prospects. I would think it would be worth a mid-level infield prospect for an upgrade in defense, and the OBP and SB potential Crisp could provide.
What do the rest of the Maineiacs think?