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ESPN was first to report Tuesday that Crisp, who had hoped to keep playing on the West Coast, would stay put with the A’s.

Crisp, 32, has batted .269 with 16 home runs, 92 RBI, nine triples and 81 stolen bases in his two seasons with Oakland. General manager Billy Beane has unloaded several star players recently, including starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill.

• The Baltimore Orioles obtained outfielder Jai Miller from Oakland for cash considerations. The Athletics designated Miller, 26, for assignment Dec. 23 after the A’s received four players from Washington for pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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