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Gammons: The Red Sox are going to “go hard” after Carl Crawford

Oct 28, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

Carl Crawford running

Peter Gammons was on WEEI today and said that he thinks the Red Sox are going to be all over Carl Crawford this winter:

“There is no doubt in my mind that they are going to go really hard after Carl Crawford. That will be a matchup with the Angels, and you know there are some puffs of smoke coming out of New York that suggest the Yankees might go after him, even though their primary need is pitching.”

I’d be shocked if the Yankees were seriously interested in Crawford. Their outfield is in pretty good shape — Gardner, Granderson and Swisher are all solid — and represents the one part of the team that is at least relatively inexpensive (emphasis on the “relatively”). My guess is that if the Yankees are connected with Crawford it will be one of those famous “pretend we’re interested to make him more expensive for the Red Sox” deals. Which are great fun, by the way.

  1. Ari Collins - Oct 28, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    As a Sox fan, I’m hoping. Especially since speed and defense guys actually age better than your hulking sluggers. Not sure if Ellsbury would be tradeable, but you could always rotate him in, use him in case of injury, and keep him around for one more year, after which Cameron and Drew leave.

  2. lardin - Oct 28, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    This is Peter Gammons we are talking about. Hes worse than a broken clock… Crawford will be either in Detroit or Anaheim. He also said Cliff Lee will resign in Texas. Lee will look really good in pinstripes.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 28, 2010 at 5:48 PM

      Lee deserves to be wearing stripes. His performance yesterday bordered on being criminal.

      • Ari Collins - Oct 28, 2010 at 7:00 PM


    • Ari Collins - Oct 28, 2010 at 5:57 PM

      Dude, Gammons has a LOT of inside info sources. Especially with Boston. Additionally, he’s not saying “Boston will get Crawford.” He’s saying, “Boston will try hard to get Crawford.”

  3. memphissox - Oct 28, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    As a Sox fan, I have to hope this is smokescreen. Not to too deeply drink the prospect bathwater, but, to the extent the Sox have any ml help, it’s Reddick and/or Kalish, who were respectable in their respective late-season play.

    Plus, why would the team want two Ellsburys, at best. Cuz’ I don’t see Ellsbury being any better or any more than Crawford. If the Sox were to go after an OF, wouldn’t it have to be Werth? For the money and years it’ll cost, I’d prefer Cameron’s rotting corpse to Crawford.

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