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

Dec 8, 2010, 11:44 PM EST

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. Jack Marshall - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    Gee, I think the Red Sox have enough offense now…even if Paula Abdul catches.

    • scapistron - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:08 AM

      Paula Abdul is about as offensive as any person can get, she would be a huge addition.

  2. diehardcubbiefan4life - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    bosox are gonna make replace the rays for the the race for the AL east

  3. Ick McWang - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:57 PM

    i hope the rays can find a way to shove it in both the yankees and red sox free spending faces. wouldn’t count on it, but hey….

    • tsunamidan - Dec 9, 2010 at 6:19 AM

      Welcome to free agency Rays fans. (& ty)

      • pir8life - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:01 PM

        How does it feel now chowder heads??? CC couldn’t have ended up in a better place.

  4. jobooo - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:59 PM

    The best defensive left-fielder on the market is going to spend the next 7 years taking two steps backwards, remembering where he is, stopping and waiting for the ball to bounce off the wall into his glove.

    • tsunamidan - Dec 9, 2010 at 6:21 AM

      Think Yaz… play deep run short.. it is a GREAT park for Crawford… just not what you may be use to seeing in the Cookie cutter Dome of Tampa.

  5. santanaspikez - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    boston just dookied on the yanks.

    • iamthedoublestandard - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:13 AM

      Really Santana? It sounds like they took a dump on the Angels according to the above story. The Yanks never made a reported offer. The Angels were ‘finalizing’ their deal. Get your facts str8.

      • tk1966 - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:24 AM

        Sounds to me like Santana’s intent was that they have made themselves a better team, thereby possibly leapfrogging over their rivals. He never stated any erroneous facts. Sorry to dookie on your parade.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:27 AM

        Your comment is a knock against you, but I love your username!

    • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:27 AM

      yea in that case you just made one. this does NOT make the Sox a better team.

      • JBerardi - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:50 AM

        “this does NOT make the Sox a better team.”

        You’re right, your comment does not make the Red Sox a better team. Carl Crawford, on the other hand, makes them 3-6 wins better.

      • iamthedoublestandard - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:07 AM

        I am the double standard just means that I see it go against me (whatever that situation might be – and I’m not talking about me per se) and push forward anyway. You know like when the Yanks get trounced in the media for buying this and buying that when it’s really home grown talent sprinkled with FA. So when the Yankees do something and someone screams for a salary cap, it just reminds me that a cap will do NOTHING to help a misguided franchise. Bad clubs will continue to make bad decisions from their roots all the way to their pro club. That’s my spiel.

  6. shawon0meter - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    Remember when the Tampa Bay Rays were good?

    • Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:21 AM

      I think people forget that the Rays still have a ton of players who might not be at their peak. I’m thinking particularly of Garza, Shields, Price, and (particularly particularly) Longoria. Plus they’re adding Hellickson. I wouldn’t count them out yet.

      • flpunx - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:28 AM

        The Rays have a history of cultivating talent through the farm system. After last season, Longo has nowhere to go but up. He can only improve at the plate this year. The core is still there in the starting pitching, and their pitching is the only thing that held them together last season. Yes, they have lost some big names, but they ARE the defending AL east champs. Let’s give them a chance.

  7. fquaye149 - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    6.9 WAR or 4.8 WAR depending on whose WAR you go by. That might be a small point. Who knows.

  8. frankvzappa - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    suck it cashman!! WOOO!! WOOOO!!!!

    • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:24 AM

      this honestly does not even deserver a response but im bored, tired and have a long night ahead of me.
      “suck it cashman”? really? explain how please. i mean you DID get a player that the Yankees had ZERO interest in so i can see how that is an in your face to the Yanks.. i guess? i mean the sox really stuck it to the Yankees by picking up the second hottest free agent on the Market while the Yankees will be picking up (much to my dismay) the HOTTEST free agent on the market but i suppose that 2 is bigger than one soooooo? is THAT why the sox finished in 3rd this past season?

      • frankvzappa - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:20 AM

        they finished third because of injuries, obviously

  9. phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    seems like my last comment was deleted so ill just say this.
    300 Mil for 1st base and outfield and a crappy rotation
    400 Mil for first base one of the best pitchers in the game and a 500 Pitcher AND a RING.

    yea they took a HUGE green day album on the Yanks. I bet Gonzoles does not hit 300 or 30 HR’s with the sox.

    • schlom - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:27 AM

      You’re right. Now way Gonzoles hits .300 or 30 HR this season.

      • imamanim40 - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:47 AM

        you’re right…gonzalez will hit 40 HRs in that ballpark! and u can have Cliff Lee, that punch-and-judy lineup in san fran had no problem chasing him from 2 world series games, i’m sure the Sox lineup won’t be shaking in their cleats

  10. NickT - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:25 AM

    Quick correction: WAR = Wins Above Replacement.

  11. xpensivewinos - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Cool move and he’s a hell of a talent and getting Crawford and Gonzalez is kinda like fantasy baseball and all, but isn’t this team really vulnerable to left handed pitching now?

    Other than Youkilis and Pedroia there’s nothing from the right side. And no, I don’t consider Marco Scutaro to be an impact hitter.

    Maybe they trade Ellsbury and something for a right handed hitting center fielder to help balance things??? I don’t think Mike Cameron is the answer.

    • quintjs - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:39 AM

      Cameron can hit some left handed pitchers so he can be of use. It could also mean more playing time at SS for Jed Lowrie as his power is from the right side.

      But the Red Sox have been out there looking for a RH bat. Someone who could play some RF and DH would be good.

      The other thing is, this basically makes it certain the Yankees sign Cliff Lee.

    • tsunamidan - Dec 9, 2010 at 6:28 AM

      “Maybe they trade Ellsbury ”

      hehehe.. you crack me up..
      ~ I think I peed a little

    • crkreg - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:20 AM

      “Other than Youkilis and Pedroia there is nothing from the right side”

      Those are two pretty good bats, to have in the middle of the order, from the right side.

  12. xpensivewinos - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    For those pontificating about what Adrian won’t do, you’re sniffing glue.

    He’s been tucked away in sleepy little San Diego so people have no idea how good this dude is.

    He can crush the ball from line to line. He also plays defense with the best of them.

    If he played in any remotely decent sized market, he would talked about as one of the top five players in the game.

    With all of that lousy pitching in the American League and those tiny ballparks, Adrian Gonzalez is going to put up video game type numbers.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:49 AM

      With you on everything but the lousy AL pitching. Not sure where you’re getting that.e.

  13. Jack Marshall - Dec 9, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Gonzalez hit .337 against lefties last year. Yeah, you’re right—the Sox really are vulnerable to southpaws.

  14. beantownsports247 - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    youk ….. you sound like a moron , yankees just overpaid an ageing shortstup , while we go out and sign to superstars in there prime , if you don’t think cashman is crying himself to sleep then you just dont know enough about baseball . Red Sox Vs Yankees – AGE – advantage Red Sox . Offense – Advantage red sox SPEED- advantage Red Sox . ROTATION – Advantage Red Sox . Thats all . East is locked up

    • bigharold - Dec 9, 2010 at 8:21 AM

      “..while we go out and sign to superstars in there prime , if you don’t think cashman is crying himself to sleep then you just dont know enough about baseball ”

      Really? This RS owner FINIALY breaks down and signs a decent FA and all the sudden the RS have the Yankees on the run? Perhaps it’s you that doesn’t know much about baseball.

      Unless all the wild speculation regarding Gonzalez increase to 50 HRs is correct, and it ain’t, offensively Gonzalez/Crawford is not better than Beltre/Martinez. Check last year’s numbers, it’s practically a complete wash.

      Crawford is a good pick up but all the RS did was stay current. Had they not signed either Crawford or Werth then they likely would fighting the Os all season for third place.

      Of course the down side is that the Nation can pretty much bag all that BS about Yankee payroll and buying success since their two acquisitions this off season will add up to over 300 million in contracts.

    • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM

      Beanebum – I wrote up this whole thing on how you are an idiot and you obviously dont know anything about Baseball but the stupid refresh kicked in and it all went bye bye.. so let me just say this. they Sox rotation is probably one of the worst in the league. no really.. it is. i mean Lester and Clay.. both studs.. easily a great 1-2. but what do you have after that? Beckett (useless) Dice-k (ever more useless) Lackey (WAY overrated) WAKEFIELD??? no really.. call the UN.. go on a fact finding mission and get back to me.

  15. christianduffy - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Anytime you can spend $142 million for 7 years on a non elite player who’s weapon is his legs you’ve got to do it.

  16. Utley's Hair - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:27 AM

    Alright, this is just stunning and disturbing. JDub went to DC for 7/$126 and people were screaming. Now, Crawford signs for 7/$142, and people are okay with it? That’s only $16 million more, people!!! Crawford is only $2 million better than Grizzly? Really?!?!?

    • bigharold - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:04 PM

      “Crawford is only $2 million better than Grizzly? Really?!?!?”

      In the short run no he not but the RS are hoping that in the long run he might be because of age. That’s their story and their sticking to it.

      Besides, the RS were worried if the Yankees signed Crawford that he’d steal 8 or 9 bases off them next year, .. just to show them he could.

  17. iamthedoublestandard - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:43 AM

    I love that the entire Yankees outfield, which is very good mind you, is making $2M less than the Red Sox new left fielder. Gotta love it. This can be seen as me spinning but good job Cash last night making them pay more than they should have. Gamesmanship at its best.

  18. uyf1950 - Dec 9, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    I am impressed. It looks either Ellsbury or Cameron is the odd man out. If it’s Camerson the Red Sox have three options for trade him and eat part of his close to $8M salary, let him warm the bench in which case they have close to $8M warming the bench or they can always make like it’s a softball game and play him in short centerfield. The Red Sox still have 2 glaring problems. First the bullpen, it was horrendous last year and that includes their closer Papelbon (8 BS, .390 ERA). Secondly, they still don’t have a major league catcher Salty & Varitek are the weak link in the position players.
    Also for all the talk about the Sox starting pitching the only 2 pitchers the Sox can count on it appears at least from last season are Lester and Buchholz. Beckett and Dice K are walking advertisements for the DL virtually year in and year out. As for Lackey with the exception of one good year it looks like about 14 wins per season is about average for him. Maybe that might change with the Sox new signings and offense but for the last 3 years Lackey’s ERA has approached 4.00 or as in the case of last year was 4.40 his WHIP and BAA were also high. Those numbers won’t be much effected by anything the Sox have done this winter. As they say let the games begin.

  19. uyf1950 - Dec 9, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    I recall someone posting in the past couple of days and I’m para phasing “the next time this ownership a player to a $100M contract it will be the first time”. Well it would seem now in the space of 4 days the Red Sox have signed 2 players to contract well in excess of $100M dollars. Crawford who will be 37 years old when his $142M contract expires. Adrian Gonzalez who will also be 37 years old when his $160M +/- Eight year contract expires. The $160M for Gonzalez includes his 2011 option of $6.2M that SD picked up prior to trading him. Considering many posters were questioning the wisdom of giving players long term contracts. One has to wonder about the length of these two contracts, not the per year dollars but the length.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:45 AM

      For whatever reason, yeah, people were TOTALLY wrong about Boston’s willingness to give out $100 million contracts. But you do know that Crawford’s 28, right? He’ll be 35 in his last year, not 37. Big difference.

      • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM

        29

      • Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:09 AM

        Yes, true, he’s 29 right now. My bad. But he’ll still be 35 in his last year. Just as he was 28 in 2010. Baseball considers it your Age 28 season if you turn 29 any time after June 30th. He’ll be 35 for most of the last year.

      • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM

        hey listen.. i hate the sox more than i hate Hitler and Bin Laden combined. and i will not say that this was a bad signing for them. Crawford will be 36 at the end of his contract and im sure still stealing 40-50 bases a yr and putting up the same numbers for the most part. but this signing along with Gonzalez does not leapfrog them over anyone. they still need pitching.. badly. they should make a play for Pavano or something like that. then they MAY be a force to be reckoned with. until them they are the same team as last year with 3 or 4 more wins.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

        The same team plus 3-4 wins through FA, AND, conservatively, 3-4 wins from better health. That puts them at 95-97 wins. I’m pretty happy with that. And they’re set up going forward from next year, with a core of Lester, Buchholz, Gonzalez, Crawford, Youkilis, and Pedroia.

        Pretty sure that pitching-wise one of the Beckett-Lackey-Matsuzaka Triumvirate of Disappointment bounces back (though don’t ask me to pick which!), giving them an excellent front 3. Not much to do with that expensive back three aside from wait for some bounceback. Pavano would be kind of pointless in a rotation that’s already pushing Wakefield to the ‘pen.

      • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 11:58 AM

        like i said.. the Sox have a much better chance this yr than any of the past 3 but still they are in no way a lock for anything with just these two new signing. sadly the Yanks will sign Lee for 7 or 20 or 100 yrs whichever and when old timers day comes around in 7 yrs he will be pitching on regular rest.

  20. joshv02 - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:35 AM

    I wonder where Crawford thinks Obama was born. I can’t believe we’ve gone nearly 8 hours and no one has asked him. We need The Blogger to get on this story.

  21. flpunx - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    He better go in to the HOF wearing Rays gear. Just sayin. . . .

  22. beantownsports247 - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    LOL this idiot really just said that Victor and Beltre are a better combo then A-Gon and Crawford , wow that was probably the most idiotic thing i have ever read in my lifetime , ever . What is the yankees starting rotation ? Pettite ( maybe , already saying he can’t condition the way he use to ) , CC ( your one stud ) , Aj burnett ( LOL ) , Phil HUghes ( got his face jacked up postseason ) , then who ? Who do you have . Beckett had ONE bad year with injuries , Lackey still a 14 game winner , clay , lester ( young studs ) , dice k is average , but like i said who do the yankees have LOL , you guys sound pissed off in your responses , suicide rate in NY just went up 29 % , lets see the old yankees , or the young , fast Red Sox , thats an easy decision , ill listen to the rest of the baseball world and assume the yankees are screwed .

  23. beantownsports247 - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Off to the florida keys for some fishing in a few minutes though so i will not be able to respond to upset crying yankee fans who would only be on this thread because they are pissed anyways , red sox pitchers could all have a ERA of 5 and our lineup will still put up 5 plus runs per game 75 % of the time . Enjoy giving LEE a 7 year offer hahahahahhah laughing all the way down to the grouper whole at you yankee fans , keep crying it up . It’s over . 50 mill plus for an ageing below average short stop who didn’t even hit 280 HAHAHAHHAAHHAH buh bye

    • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM

      Stick to Fishing buddy cause Baseball is def not your thing. Lackey had 14 wins and like a 5 ERA. every time he took the mound you were sure it was a loss. yea AJ was shit this yr but he was amazing the yr before so for right now its a wash. (plus he helped us get a ring). Hughes got hit hard in the post season 2 out of three of he starts. his first start was like 7 inn no runs soooooo? howd Backett and Dice-K and Pap and Lester and Clay do in the post season this yr? yeaaaaaaaaaaaa. you talk abotu old? Tek, papi, Wake,…. yeaaaaaaaa have fun fishing.

  24. beantownsports247 - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    I am enjoying my day fishing , thanks , anyways even Kruk thinks you sound like an idiot …….

    http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/2161920/kruk-yanks-need-lee-gonzalez-mvp

    • phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 5:35 PM

      dude. when an Idiot calls you and Idiot it dont mean nutin. he said AND I QUOTE
      ” Better starting pitching. Besides Mariano [Rivera] and Papelbon, which is relatively close,”
      they only way that Papsmear and Mo are relatively anything is that they are both pitchers (and barley that for Pap) he also said that he would not be surprised if Gonzalez was a 50-50 player this yr. the guy is obviously high, drunk or sleeping with someone in the Sox front office (theo?). but yea.. this guy did agree with you. Idiots always seem to think alike.

  25. beantownsports247 - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    haha your pissed , ill listen to every other person in the baseball world , thanks . Stay angry , i can see you sweating angry at your computer right now LOL

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