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Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:01 pm

The Red Sox, looking to add an impact outfielder to their lineup this winter, are taking their cuts: After meeting with free agent Carl Crawford in Houston recently, the traveling road show continued when general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona met with free agent Jayson Werth and his representatives in Chicago on Wednesday evening, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.

There are no indications that a deal is close with either player, as sources say the discussions are "continuing." Plus, both Crawford and Werth remain highly sought after by other clubs.

Crawford remains the Angels' top target as well, and owner Arte Moreno and Co. continue to put on a full-court press. Though the Angels have been linked to free agent closer Rafael Soriano as well, Crawford remains far and away their top priority. One source with knowledge of the Angels plans says they want Crawford "bad."

Either Werth or Crawford would play well in Fenway Park, which is why Epstein and Francona have made the rounds from Houston to Chicago. It is believed that Scott Boras, Werth's agent, also conducted talks with other clubs while in Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday morning.


Since: Dec 19, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:10 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

For all the comments regarding the difference between the Yankees and Red Sox. Yes, the Red Sox have the second highest payroll in baseball, but until last year it was comparable to a number of teams whereas the Yankees consistently spend 150-175% of even the second highest spending team. Also, the Red Sox have never gone on a spending spree like the Yankees consistently do. It's only been 3 years since they signed Sabathia, Burnett(who at the time was rated as the second best free agent pitcher) and Teixeira all in one offseason. All of those players are still playing under their respective contracts and the Yankees are still planning on spending about 20-25mil per year on Lee. They have also stated interest in Werth and a couple of other high end free agents.

As for the Red Sox season, everyone knows and several have stated here the injuries the Red Sox had to deal with this season. Missing 3 of the top 4 hitters in your lineup for significant time and even the fourth for a month is going to doom almost any franchise. Somehow, Francona kept the Red Sox afloat until the last week of the season.

I hope the Red Sox get Crawford and if whether they do or don't, I can't wait until April and the start of the season. It should be a good one to watch.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:08 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

you must be a mets fan.....

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 6:06 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

 You are an ignorant baseball fan like a good portion of your fellow "Yankee brothers".  The Red Sox and Angels were ripped by injuries, and the Mets just plain SUCK.  I am a DIE HARD Sox fan.  And any person who is a "REAL" baseball fan, can see the talent the Yankees have.  I will take NOTHING from them.  But look at the record the Sox had with the injuries to Youk, Pedey, Victor, Beckett, Ellsbury, Cameron, Drew, Tek...  For christ sake we played 3 weeks with Kevin Cash as our starting catcher.  Check how many wins we got with all of that.  It was YOUR Yankees that were crowned World Series Champs before the playoffs started.  As far as I'm concerned, not making the playoffs is better than what YOUR team did in the postseason with that stacked line-up.  Check the facts...

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Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:59 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:55 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

 You are really clever with the "Red Sux" remark...  What are you a 12 year old Yankees fan...?  Why don't YOU try and sound MORE intelligent before throwing that "retard" word around you fuck wad. 

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:47 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

How about you do some homewrok retard...they did.  That's why Keith Law, who always hates on the Yankees farm system rates it (esp their overall pitching dfepth) higher than the Red Sux system.  So go blow Lars Anderson some more and act like he doesn't suck balls for having been the great big hype of your system for what feels like a half decade now

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:44 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

Although I'd prefer Crawford, my sense is that the Sox will sign Werth. The Angels are notorious for over paying players they fall in love with and they clearly are smitten with Mr. Crawford. Unfortunately, I don't believe Werth is worth what he'll probably get. The guy has never knocked in a 100 RBI's and he's never batted over .300. The fact that he had a .186 batting average with runners in scoring position shouldn't be over looked. Pressure doesn't appear to mix well with him. My fingers have turned a dark shade of purple because they've been crossed for two weeks hoping Theo lands Justin Upton (Bard, Kalish, Doubront and Lowrie). Getting Upton would add a possible 30-30 mguy to the lineup. Then the Sox could pick up a Carlos Pena or Derek Lee to play 1st base and you'd have a solid every day lineup of Ellsburry, Pedroia, Upton, Youkilis, Ortiz, Lee, Drew, Saltalamachia, Scutaro. Fingers are still crossed....

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:34 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

As a Boston fan, I am pretty biased.  I am a true baseball fan that sees both sides of the spectrum.  With that said, here I go.  First the EVIL EMPIRE spends more than 40 million than ANY other team each year.  The Red Sox were among the highest payroll teams out there joining the Mets, Dodgers, and Angels I believe.  EVERY single year come free agent time, the Red Sox and Yankeees are the 2 teams always linked to every free agent because their organizations are the most successful fan based wise($$$$).  The Red Sox last year had a TON of injuries, Ellsbury-Cameron-Beckett-V-Mart-You

klilis-Pedroia-Nancy Drew(every year), and had to platoon with a bunch of AAA guys and still were there til the end.  You Yanke-me fans out there have your heads so far up your.... you dont stop and see the big picture.  Look at the Twins, always one of the lowest payrolls and there every year! Its called a farm system.....You should try to develope one so you dont have to over spend every year on whatever free agents come out.  I dont care about your 20 something titles, I care about the present, NOW!  Lets talk about this year.  If you payed attention we had 40 mil come off our payroll, so you think its wrong in signing Werth and Crawford?  and next year we have over 30 mil coming off the payroll as well.....Do your homework Yankee fans and pay attention to EVERYTHING, and not just YANKEE WORLD.......

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 5:03 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

Please dude. You really don't get it, the yankees buy championship because their payroll dwarfs any team in baseball. IS THAT TOO COMPLICATED?
Yankee fans are the worst, and I am a new

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:54 pm

Red Sox recruiting Crawford, Werth hard

Funny how the Red Sox will land one of these 2 players but yet it's the Yankees who "buy" championships.  Yankees are going after the best pitcher in Baseball & the Red Sox and Angels are going after the best Offensive players in Baseball.  But it's the Yankees who 'buy" championships.  If the Rangers land Cliff lee, Are THEY buying a championship?  When the Red Sox gave Manny that monster deal years back...It was the Yankees who were "buying" championships.  Every team BUYS players.  The Yankees just OVER SPEND when they really didn't need to.  The yankees buy championships just as much as the other high pay roll teams...Yankees just know how to make the playoffs every year so that's why it's such a big deal.  Angels, Mets, Red Sox...can't even buy the right players to make the playoffs.  LOSERS

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