O’s interested in Crisp?

Free-agent outfielder Coco Crisp caused a stir late Monday night when he changed his Twitter photo to one of him wearing an Orioles uniform as a child, furthering rumors that he has decided to sign with Baltimore. CBS Sports reported earlier on Monday that Crisp could be headed to a “mystery team” that possibly was the Orioles, although the report was unconfirmed.

On Tuesday morning, CBS’ Jon Heyman tweeted that the O’s are unlikely to be Crisp’s next team: “While Orioles talked to Crisp’s agent, it sounds like it’s not them (I need a new crystal ball). Not a perfect fit for Baltimore.”

Crisp’s agent, Steve Comte, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the outfielder had already made his decision on Monday evening and just had to inform the team.

If Crisp had decided on Baltimore, it would be an interesting choice given that Adam Jones is the O’s current center fielder. The move could free up a trade for Jones, considered one of the Orioles’ prized players, or could mean a position change for either player. Jones has been involved in several trade rumors this winter, most recently with the Atlanta Braves, and the Orioles would almost definitely need to get a haul of high-quality pitching as a return in any deal.

— Brittany Ghiroli


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