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11/19/2008 12:02 PM ET
Royals acquire Coco Crisp from Red Sox for Ramon Ramirez
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KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals today announced that the team has acquired center fielder Coco Crisp from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ramon Ramirez.

"We're delighted to have Coco join the Royals organization," Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore said. "He is a championship-caliber player who will help this team in a number of ways as we move forward. We'd like to wish Ramon Ramirez nothing but the best. He performed extremely well for us last year as a key component of our bullpen and he will be missed."

Crisp, 29, has spent the past three seasons with Boston, helping the Red Sox to the 2007 World Series title and the 2008 American League Championship Series. The switch-hitter batted .283 (102-for-361) with 18 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 41 RBI and 55 runs scored in 118 games for Boston last year. He stole 20 bases in 27 attempts, marking the fourth time in his career and the third season in a row he's reached the 20-steal mark. Crisp hit well down the stretch as the Red Sox fought off several teams for the A.L. Wild Card, as he compiled a .341 average in the season's final two months. He continued that success into the postseason, hitting .417 (10-for-24) while appearing in seven Red Sox playoff games. His game-tying two-out single in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the ALCS completed a historic seven-run comeback for the Sox.

The 6-foot, 180-pounder is a career .280 hitter in seven seasons with the Indians (2002-05) and Red Sox (2006-08). The speedster has been successful in 124 of 170 stolen base attempts (73%) in his career. Crisp posted back-to-back sensational seasons for the Indians in 2004 and 2005, hitting .297 and .300, respectively, and combining for 66 doubles, 31 home runs and 35 stolen bases.

The Red Sox acquired Crisp along with David Riske and Josh Bard in exchange for Guillermo Mota, Andy Marte, Kelly Shoppach, cash considerations and a player to be named on Jan. 27, 2006. Had a standout defensive season in center for the Sox in 2007, committing just one error in 416 total chances, a .998 fielding percentage. In the process, he established a Boston club record for most consecutive errorless chances as an outfielder with 429.

Born in Los Angeles, Coco's full name is Covelli Loyce Crisp. He now resides in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Crisp, a graduate of Inglewood (Calif.) High, was one of eight alumni from the RBI program to play in the Majors at the start of the 2008 season. He was originally a seventh-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999 before being acquired by the Indians in 2002 for left-handed pitcher Chuck Finley.

The 27-year old Ramirez went 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 71 relief appearances for the Royals in 2008, his first season in Kansas City.
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