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Yankees rejoice: Rays, Crawford end extension talks

Feb 25, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

With no agreement in sight, the Rays and Carl Crawford have chosen to halt extension talks until the end of the season, agent Brian Peters told the St. Petersburg Times.
“We had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the club about a contract extension for Carl and it was clear to all of us that an immediate agreement was not going to materialize,” Peters said. “Thus, we all agreed to table discussions until the end of the year.”
Crawford is entering the second and final option year of a deal that’s paid him $33.5 million over six seasons, and barring an agreement prior to the end of the World Series, he’ll become a free agent for the first time at age 29. The speedster has long been viewed as a perfect fit for the Yankees, and it’s been speculated that one of the reasons the Bombers declined to give Johnny Damon a two-year deal this winter was that they had their eyes on Crawford.
That an extension couldn’t be worked out probably won’t put Crawford on the market immediately. The Rays hope to contend this year, and they might have a slight chance of keeping Crawford if they can make it to the postseason for the second time in three years. However, it they fall out of contention early, Crawford’s name will certainly come up at the trade deadline. Since the Rays don’t expect their payroll to expand in 2011 and Crawford is in line for a contract that will pay him $15 million-$18 million per year, it’s pretty unlikely that he’ll remain with the club for the long term.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Feb 25, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Once again, the surest way to become a Yankee is to be a pain in their ass on an opposing team. Cashman was waiting for this shoe to drop and was obviously right by staying above board on Boras-Damon by giving a decent offer but not going overboard.
    However, still don’t want them to go overboard on this “small ball” thing. Even Crawford can’t steal home.

  2. ClementeLegend - Feb 25, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    “Cashman was waiting for this shoe to drop and was obviously right by staying above board on Boras-Damon by giving a decent offer but not going overboard.”
    I know you love doing a Yankee spin job whenever you see fit.
    But HOW was Cashman ‘right’ on Damon when you aren’t sure to get Crawford in-season? This is not like the Adrian Gonzalez situation. The Rays are good. The Padres stink. Even if Crawford’s team doesn’t win the AL East, they’ll still be in it for the Wild Card. Bigtime.
    Dream on Len.

  3. Baseball10 - Feb 25, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    “Once again, the surest way to become a Yankee is to be a pain in their ass on an opposing team. ”
    LOL. This comment is laughable. I’m sure Yankee money is the sure way to be bought by Steiny & Cashman.

  4. JBerardi - Feb 25, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Good timing. Crawford is due to get old soon, Desmond Jennings is due to be good soon.

  5. Andrew - Feb 25, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    I hope The Rays just take the picks and win the east one more time.

  6. Charles Gates - Feb 25, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    The Yankees essentially passed on Santana to get CC (not Craig). You can also see the same type of reasoning with the one year pass on Damon in order to wait on Crawford. Granted Cashman has his shotgun loaded with a buckshot of dollars, but it appears as if all of his shots are well aimed.

  7. Rays fan - Feb 25, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    I’ll go beyond “aren’t sure to get Crawford in-season”…the Yankees won’t get him in season, period. I agree that the Rays are very likely to be in contention all year, but even if they get crushed by injuries or underachievement, they will NOT trade him to an in-division rival–not unless the Yanks want to give them the moon anyway. They just might get him next offseason; they certainly have deeper pockets.

  8. Kevin Davis - Feb 25, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    Enough with the Carl Crawford CRAP! Lets talk about the players that we have! Last year it was Matt Holiday and Jason Bay, now its Carl Crawfords’ turn. Enough already. CARL CRAWFORD will NEVER be playing with the Yankees!

  9. gfd - Feb 25, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Oh but he will, you betcha!

  10. Nasty Boy - Feb 26, 2010 at 8:04 AM

    Don’t make book on it. When they want someone , they usually get him. Crawford may not want to go to the Yankees, but if he doesn’t, his next stop should be to a shrink. I feel the money,the limelight, and the chance of winning consistently will be too much to turn away from. There is no way the Rays can match Yankee dollars, if it comes down to just the money. Carl, your timing is perfect. Good luck.

  11. DSFC - Feb 26, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Crawford’s next contract is going to be a disaster for the last few years of it for whichever team signs him. Once his speed starts to fade, his entire game is going to go into the toilet.

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