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Red Sox, Angels to go "wallet-to-wallet" for Carl Crawford

Sep 29, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

Buster Olney just tweeted that the “speculation among rival executives” is
that the Angels and Red Sox are going to go “wallet-to-wallet” for Carl
Crawford this winter. Interesting if true. We’ve heard that the Angels want him and are ready to spend to do it.  The Red Sox as a player for Carwford seems less intuitive.

Why? Because one of the biggest thing Crawford brings to the table is his range in left field, and for half of the Red Sox’ schedule — the home half — range in left field is not exactly the most important thing in the world thanks to the Monstah.

Not that going after him wouldn’t still be a good idea. For one thing, those other 81 games count. For another thing, before the Epstein Administration, the Red Sox spent years thinking that they have to get guys who “fit” Fenway Park, and that was never all that successful. The name of the game is to get the best players you can, and Crawford is clearly one of the best players available this winter, if not they best.

Still, I wonder if there isn’t something about Crawford in Fenway that makes him slightly less valuable to Boston, such that it might affect how hard they bid against the Angels for him.

  1. lardin - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    That means he is going to LA. John Henry will authorize enough money to look like they are trying and if Crawford signs, then great. But once LA has the highest offer, Henry will not authorize Theo to go all out for any player. Except JD Drew

  2. FrankZappa - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    welcome to Boston, Carl…just be tougher than Ellsbury, that’s all we ask

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    He’ll stay in Tampa for the fans. Oh…wait…

  4. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Crawford reminds me of a better defensive Soriano; similar age, similar speed at the time, similar star power.
    Fast guys hitting 30 on long-term deals will always bite the team signing him. Crawford will be worth a sizable deal, but I wouldn’t expect him to be an UZR king in 2014.

  5. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    I don’t think he’s going to the Dodgers, or even the Red Sox (who should resign Beltre, sign Thome, deal Pap and go get guys like Beimel).
    I’m thinking Tigers or Angels.

  6. PAU - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    CF maybe? Cameron’s no spring chicken

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    A later Buster Olney tweet said that Cliff Lee will be pitching game two of the ALDS for the Yankees….

  8. Glenn - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Bill James did a great essay on why players with speed (or younger player skills) age much better than other types of players.

  9. howitzer819 - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Yeah because there isn’t another team in the American League that can go Fort Knox-to-wallet with any team in baseball… Carl Crawford is going to New York, tweet that Olney

  10. Ari Collins - Sep 29, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Let Papi walk, then? Interesting. Not a great PR move, as I at least think Papi’s still well loved in NE, but probably cheaper and probably an upgrade.

  11. Kevin S. - Sep 29, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Why would the Yanks blow a ton of money on Crawford when they have three outfielders who are, at worst, above-average players? They’ve got other holes to fill with their money, like re-signing Mo, Andy and Jeter, making their run at Cliff Lee, and possibly making a run at another pitcher with the question mark that is AJ Burnett.

  12. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Let’s just hope Carl works to keep improving his game instead of having the mindset of Soriano; sign the deal and play with half as much passion.

  13. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Letting Papi go and filling the DH more affordably will save them tons of money. That is, of course, unless Papi signs a much smaller deal because I don’t think he’ll ever hit 25 homers again.

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