SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Dodgers
Age: 30
Born: January 12, 1980
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 1st Round, 25th Overall, 2001
How Acquired: Free Agent
College: California State University
Agent: Paul Cohen


The Pirates added Crosby in the 2009-2010 off-season to push Ronny Cedeno defensively at shortstop, and to provide some competition at the position for the 2010 season.  Crosby was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2004, but has failed to reach that level of performance since the 2005 season.  His on-base percentage has been below .300 every year since 2005, and his slugging percentage has been below .360 every year in that time frame.

Crosby’s biggest asset is his defense.  Crosby has a career 4.1 UZR/150 at the shortstop position.  He also has a career .270/.339/.423 line in 355 at-bats against National League teams.  At the least, Crosby will provide the Pirates with strong defense up the middle off of the bench.  Crosby could also carry his weight in a starting role as a defense-only shortstop.  An optimistic view has Crosby maintaining his numbers against NL teams, which combined with his defense would make him an upgrade over previous Pirates shortstop, Jack Wilson.  The major downside for Crosby has been his injury history, which could prevent him from being a full time shortstop in 2010.



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Current Contract:

1 year/$1 M

2010: $1,000,000

Other Details:
  • $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances
Previous Contracts:

Team Control Years

2009: $5,250,000

2008: $3,500,000
2007: $2,500,000
2006: $750,000
2005: $500,000
Other Details:
  • Signed 5 year, $12.75 M extension in April 2005, replacing a one year, $350,000 deal for the 2005 season.
  • $250,000 signing bonus
2004: $300,500
Signing Bonus: $1,300,000
MiLB Debut: 2001
MLB Debut: 9/2/2003
MLB FA Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 8/31/2003
Options Remaining: 3* (As of start of 2010 season)
MLB Service Time: 6.029

*Can’t be optioned to the minors without consent.

2000: Summer League 1st Team All-American SS
2000: Big West Conference All-Star SS
2001: Big West Conference Player of the Year
2001: Big West Conference All-Star SS
2003: Pacific League Rookie of the Year
2003: AAA All-Star SS
2003: Baseball America 1st Team Minor League All-Star SS
2003: Athletics Minor League Player of the Year
2003: Pacific League All-Star SS
2003: AAA Player of the Year
2004: American League Rookie of the Year
2004: MLB All-Rookie All-Star DH
Baseball America

2002: #5 OAK
2003: #3 OAK
2004: #32 MLB, #1 OAK


June 2, 1998: Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 34th round, 1021st overall pick.
June 5, 2001: Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1st round, 25th overall pick.
July 3, 2001: Signed by the Oakland Athletics to a minor league contract with a $1.3 M bonus.
August 31, 2003: Contract purchased by the Oakland Athletics.
December 10, 2009: Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
July 31, 2010: Acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Pittsburgh Pirates along with D.J. Carrasco and Ryan Church in exchange for Chris Snyder, Pedro Ciriaco, and $3 M.