A's exercise options for Ellis, Crisp

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics announced Wednesday they have exercised the club options on the contracts of second baseman Mark Ellis and outfielder Coco Crisp for the 2011 season.

Additionally, the team declined to exercise its option for third baseman Eric Chavez, making him a free agent.

Chavez has spent his entire professional career with Oakland after the A's selected him in the first round of the 1996 draft. He established himself as one of the game's best third basemen early in the decade, averaging 29 home runs and winning the Gold Glove every year from 2001-06.

However, the 32-year-old has played in only 64 games over the last three seasons because of various injuries -- primarily back problems.

In 1,320 games over 13 seasons with Oakland, Chavez hit 230 home runs and 282 doubles, and drove in 787 runs. He batted .267 with a .343 on-base percentage.

Ellis, 33, has spent his entire major league career with the Athletics, and last season led the team with a .291 batting average. He committed only three errors in 116 games at second base. The 2011 season will be his ninth with the club.

Crisp was limited to 75 games last season, his first with Oakland, because of injuries. The 31-year-old hit .279 with eight home runs and 38 RBI, and was successful on 32-of-35 stolen base attempts.


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