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Angels expected to make serious run at Carl Crawford

Nov 10, 2010, 10:33 PM EST

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The Angels are going to make a serious run this winter at free agent outfielder Carl Crawford.  This is something we’ve all known for weeks, and now it’s finally being talked about.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times wrote this evening that the Angels have identified the multi-talented Crawford as their “primary” offseason target and are prepared to make him the franchise’s first “$100-million man.”  That’s what it’s going to take to land the left fielder, who registered a .307 batting average, 851 OPS, 19 homers and 47 stolen bases in 50 chances this season for the American League East champion Rays.

He also has fantastic range in the outfield and rightfully collected his first Gold Glove this season.

Angels veteran Torii Hunter shared his honest thoughts about the Crawford idea with Shaikin:

“The Yankees are not going to go after him,” Hunter said. “They’ve got Cliff Lee. Boston might be the team.  “I think Boston and the Angels, that will be the bidding war.”

Hunter’s right.  The Red Sox are going to be serious bidders, and other teams will be at least making offers in what is likely to be a long and drawn-out negotiation process .  HBT’s Matthew Pouliot rated him as the No. 2 free agent on the market this winter.

  1. Ick McWang - Nov 10, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    don’t forget that torri hunter is one of crawford’s good, if not best, off field friends, they work out together, and the angels have a distinct need in the outfield. as a RAYS fan I know crawford isn’t coming back, and I damn sure don’t want him going to Boston or New York. but circumstantial evidence points to crawford either going to the Angels, or perhaps to a texas team (his home state and where family reside). his game is very well suited to the NL also, so in reality, he should be the top offensive free agent.

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