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A's start thinking about 2014 after playoff loss

"Short of cloning our own Verlander and having him on Game 5 to go toe to toe ... we want to put ourselves in position to have those days and hopefully come out on top, or win Game 4," Beane said.

The Oakland general manager plans to keep his club as close to intact as possible to make another run at the playoffs next year, and that starts with exercising a $7.5 million option for leadoff hitter Coco Crisp.

"Before you ask, it's pretty apparent that we would pick up Coco Crisp's option," he said. "Beyond being one of the GM's personal favorites, he's also been a very good player, and my kids' favorite."

Crisp, who hit a career-best 22 home runs in the leadoff spot, declined to speak to reporters while cleaning out his belongings and saying his clubhouse farewells.

The sting from this year's finish was a little bit stronger considering how the A's won the West this time compared to stunning the Texas Rangers in game No. 162 last year.


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