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Report: The Red Sox are still in on Carl Crawford

Dec 7, 2010, 9:51 PM EST

Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

It’s a little quiet tonight, don’t you think? A little too quiet…

Yeah, there isn’t much happening with Carl Crawford right now, but multiple Red Sox sources have confirmed to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the club is still interested in signing the free-agent outfielder, even after the recent acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez.

However, one source wonders how many years it will take to sign him, especially after Jayson Werth turned the market on its head by signing a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals on Sunday. Perhaps that explains the general lack of chatter in regards to Crawford this week?

Meanwhile, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein was more of the “never-say-never” opinion when asked directly by Edes.

“It’s the same answer I gave yesterday. Obviously we’re in a new situation now after we’ve made a major acquisition, but like I said, anything is possible, right?”

While the Red Sox can’t be ruled out on Crawford, Epstein confirmed that he is exploring alternatives. With that in mind, Edes reports that the club has expressed interest in Josh Willingham of the Nationals and free agent outfielder Matt Diaz, both of whom hit from the right side of the plate. Aaron wrote this morning that the team also has interest in Magglio Ordonez.

  1. camleck - Dec 7, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    I think the yankees will regret this if they don’t offer Crawford a contract. He’s not injury prone, he’s young, and brings game changing speed. Everyone thinks the yankees outfield is set and everything, but I certainly don’t rest my chips on Gardner hitting above .270 – not great considering he brings zero power. I don’t see him as a long term fill. Also, Jeter’s ability to hit at the top of the lineup is deteriorating quickly – he’s losing speed and hits into too many DP’s. Crawford will still be hitting .300, with 15-20 homers and 50-70 steals in 5 years.

  2. bigharold - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    The RS, .. yeah sure! I’ll believe it when I see it.

    Thanks to the Nats, Crawford will get at least 7 years and 140 million. The next time the current owners of the RS sign a FA deal like that will be the first time too. And, before anybody brings up Gonzalez, he was a trade with an as yet signed extension. He doesn’t count yet.

    I doubt that the RS are going to go from no top tier FA acquisitions to signing 2 at about 300 million in one off season. What would the Nation do when they had to retire their Yankees are ruining baseball by outbidding everybody for free agents rant?

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