If the Yankees or Red Sox hope to make Carl Crawford part of the 2011 squad, they may have to offer over and above what other contenders, like the Angels, will offer.
At least, that's the feeling of one of Crawford's friends, as ESPN's Buster Olney relays.
The reasoning? Crawford has spent so many years fighting against Boston and New York that the deep-seated frustration of constantly running up against the two teams might come into play due to Crawford's "competitive callus," as Olney puts it.
There's no question that Crawford plans to chase the money and sign a major deal but all else equal, Crawford would likely choose the Angels. That leaves the East Coast superpowers needing to tack on more to compete with the Halos. Given the M.O. of both the Red Sox and Yankees GMs when it comes to paying over and beyond value for players, that might earn Crawford a ticket to Los Angeles.
-- Evan Brunell
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