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Big time: Red Sox, Crawford reach seven-year $142M deal

Dec 8, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

Carl Crawford

Incredible.  Absolutely incredible.

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have reached agreement on a seven-year, $142 million contract with outfielder Carl Crawford, making him the richest outfielder in Major League Baseball history.

The Angels were called the front-runners for Crawford all day long at the Winter Meetings and reports just hours ago had them moving aggressively toward the finalization of a contract.

All that talk must have woken up the Boston front office, because they barged in with a massive deal and secured a signature this evening.

It’s a bold but brilliant move by a club that missed the playoffs this year for the first time since 2006.  Lest we forget, they added Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres just a few days ago.  Gonzalez is a solid defender at first base and Crawford covers all sorts of ground in the outfield.

The defense is good.  The offense is even better.

Crawford hit .307 with 19 homers, 90 RBI and 110 runs scored in 2010 for the Rays.  He was worth 6.9 WAR (Wins Against Replacement), more than Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera.  Gonzalez slugged 31 home runs this year while playing half of his games in baseball’s biggest park.  He’s going to punish Fenway Park’s Green Monster with doubles and a whole lot of homers.

Seriously, check out this spray chart of Gonzalez’s hits from this season.  Those are all of the spots that the first baseman sent baseballs in 2010 at PETCO Park, overlapped as to where they’d land if he were batting in Fenway.

To improve so vastly on both offense and defense in one winter is remarkable and possibly unprecedented.

The Red Sox are alive and well.  The American League East is out of control.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    why am I pissed? no really. why? cause of crawford and Gonzalez? seriously? OK fine. you caught me. i really do wish that we had a replacement at first base. and i honestly wish that the Yanks got crawford cause you know…. they had the worst offense in the league last yr as well as the worst run differential. they were also VERY slow on the bases and didnt even make the the postseason. finished in 3rd as a matter of fact. ooooooor am i pissed that a half decent pitcher with 2 good yrs under his belt got a 4 yr extension while he was on the DL for half a season? OR MAYBE.. MAYBE.. cause we have the WORST closer and bullpen in the league. do me a favor pick one of those any one.. and change the word Yanks with the word Sox. kthxbye

  2. beantownsports247 - Dec 10, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    I knew you were angry hahahahahahh ouch . Red Sox World Series favorites – Kruk , Buster Olney , Peter abrahm and the rest of the world , your old teams screwed , and your about to pay a pitcher that was 13-9 7 years cause we bluffed you HAHAHAHHA later angry bud , you can respond to yourself cause this is the last time ill look at this thread , about to go to bed laughing at you LOL

    • phukyouk - Apr 7, 2011 at 9:33 PM


  3. teaspoon1731 - Aug 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Can they please please please somehow wrap Lackey into this? Please?

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