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It’s the Yankees’ move after Red Sox add Crawford

Dec 9, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

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Boston’s big investment comes with big ramifications, and since the market’s top position player is off the board, several pieces should fall into place over the next couple of weeks.

– The Yankees pretty much have to do what it takes to land Cliff Lee now, and that probably means upping the ante to seven years. After all, that’s what Crawford and Jayson Werth received. The only viable plan B for the Bombers is Zack Greinke, and the Yankees would face stiff competition for him as well.

– The top remaining position player on the board, Adrian Beltre, seems destined for Anaheim. The Angels have plenty of money to spend and a clear need at third base. All indications were that Crawford was their top priority, and they’re going to be very disappointed to have missed out on him. However, they could end up spending $14 million per year on Beltre and use the rest of the money earmarked for Crawford on bullpen help. They’re the clear favorites for Rafael Soriano now.

– The Rangers could be left with a lot of money and nothing to spend it on. Signing Beltre and trading Michael Young might work in theory, but it’d be difficult to pull off. Beltre presumably prefers the West Coast anyway. The Royals aren’t happy with what they’ve offered for Greinke. The return of Vladimir Guerrero to Arlington is appearing more and more likely.

– Now that the Red Sox have already committed their first-round pick to signing Crawford, expect them to go hard after Scott Downs. They might not have wanted to give up a first-rounder for a reliever, but a second-rounder is just fine, particularly since they’ll be getting two picks apiece for losing Victor Martinez and Beltre.

  1. Utley's Hair - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:05 AM

    How sweet would it be if the Wankers were left totally out in the cold? Here’s hoping Cliffy either stays in Arlington or goes somewhere other than the Bronx.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:09 AM

      Maybe the Angels now that they’ve missed out on Crawford? If they got Lee AND Beltre they’d be a pretty serious team.

      • iamthedoublestandard - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:12 AM

        The day the Angels spring for both would be the day.

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:18 AM

        If not the Wankers, then I think he stays in Texas—though I do hold out the outside, remote hope that he’s wearing red pinstripes again next year. It’s a pipe dream, I know, but it IS Christmas time, right?

      • Reflex - Dec 9, 2010 at 1:44 AM

        I’d like to see the Yanks get him for seven years. Seven long, injury plagued, mediocre years….

    • christianduffy - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:28 AM

      Speaking of out in the cold, any word on what the Phillies are doing? …Anything?

      • paperlions - Dec 9, 2010 at 7:38 AM

        Wishing they hadn’t spent $36M on Ibanez and signed Howard to that outrageous extension. That team is old and their GM has just about cashed in all the chips he was left by the previous scouting director.

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 9, 2010 at 8:13 AM

        Perhaps, but I have heard a rumbling—though that could be my stomach telling me to eat some breakfast—about an interest in some mound dweller from KC that does NOT mention the City of Brotherly Love on his rather sizable no-trade list. Hmmm…How would a Halladay-Greinke-Oswalt-Hamels front four sound with Big Joe as a No. 5?

  2. phukyouk - Dec 9, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    dude! no way.. i dont think Philly has anything left to trade away after the last two season. i mean im fairly certain they would cancel the 2011 season and just name the Phils WS champs if that did happen but no friggin way.

  3. jkay123 - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    utley, what is with you and Johnny5 on EVERY yankee post. Basically the two of you just sit on every thread repeating yourselves. It’s like you guys are obsessed with the yankees. Get a job, put some pants on, get out of your parents basement and stop trolling every single yankee article each day with your nonsense everyday.

    • Utley's Hair - Dec 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

      The last I checked, this was a public forum where people could comment on whatever post they wanted. If I’m wrong about that, then there are some fans of other teams that need to be informed. Also, I’m sure there are quite a few Wanker posts that I have not commented on.

      Here, I made a comment and then answered questions other posters raised to me about the Phightins. If you have such a problem with my comments, here’s an idea: they are designated as such (otherwise you wouldn’t have known who to b!tch at, right?) and you can feel free to not read them, mmmkay?

  4. christianduffy - Dec 9, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    It kind of sounds like they floated that Grienke rumor out so it looked like they were doing something, doesn’t it? Oldest trick in the book. Also, Philly’s farm system is lackluster. Dominic Brown didn’t exactly wow anyone while riding the pine in the DR.

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