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Must-click link: How the Red Sox landed Carl Crawford

Dec 13, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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Great story over at Comcast New England today going behind the scenes of the Carl Crawford signing and explaining how Theo got his man. Among the highlights:

  • While meeting with Crawford and his agents, the Red Sox cited J.D. Drew as a player with an aversion to the spotlight who could nonetheless “thrive in Boston.”  Take that J.D. Drew haters;
  • Before the offers were on the table, Crawford, when asked, said that if the offers were equal, he’d pick Boston, which surprised everyone;
  • The Red Sox’ meetings with Jayson Werth were designed to be “misdirection to some other teams.” Or at least that’s what they told Crawford;
  • Contrary to reports that the Angels’ best offer was $108 million, that was merely an introductory lowball (the Red Sox had a lowball offer too, of $117 million). Just before Crawford agreed to go to Boston, the Angels matched the $142 million, based on Crawford’s agents saying that’s what would get the deal done.  When he went to Boston, Angels GM Tony Reagins is livid at Crawford’s agents, thinking that he was told that Crawford would go to Anaheim if they made that offer.  Crawford’s agents nope. That was the money, but there was never any guarantee.
  • Theo yelled “awesome!” from his hotel suite when Crawford accepted the offer. The only thing missing is how it went from “awesome!” to Pete Abraham’s Twitter account so quickly (I think it was there within minutes based on the story). Probably worth listening extra carefully to PeteAbe on future reports from the Red Sox front office.

Highly recommended reading while we wait for Cliff Lee reports.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    Oh those poor Angels. Shafted again. Used as a stalking horse but never seriously considered.

  2. sknut - Dec 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Why would Reagins be livid, isn’t that part of the business, maybe if they went above and beyond then he would go. You can tell someone what it would take but doesn’t mean they will or have to take it.

  3. Panda Claus - Dec 13, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    A mystery source said that Crawford is secretly afraid of the Rally Monkey.

  4. garypainting - Dec 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    Why would anyone choose to play for a franchise whose season highlights usually involve
    a rally monkey!

  5. rje49 - Dec 13, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    The Crawford signing didn’t surprise me. I remember an on-field interview with Carl Crawford at Fenway in 2007. After 3+ years, I don’t recall his exact words, but I do recall thinking it sounded like he’d like to play for the Red Sox. It wasn’t the typical respect-for-the-oppostion BS, it was more of an admiration for the Sox’ team and organization. It obviously made an impression on me. How many times do you remember anything about an on-field interview, years later?

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