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Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:47 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 2:27 am
 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox struck again in a stunning late night move Wednesday, agreeing to terms with free agent outfielder Carl Crawford on a seven-year, $142 million contract. The deal is contingent on Crawford passing a physical exam, which is scheduled to happen on Thursday.

The move is the second monumental deal in a week for the Red Sox, who acquired slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego last weekend.

The reaction in the lobby at the Swan and Dolphin Resort here in the minutes before midnight as news of the Red Sox/Crawford deal broke was one of pure shock.

And, it should have been. Nobody, not even the hundreds of trained baseball professionals gathered here at the winter meetings, saw this one coming.

The Red Sox, spending so much money over the past six days that it would have made the late George Steinbrenner blush, have added two of the game's premier offensive stars, each of whom owns Gold Gloves and together add a perfect blend of speed and power.

This to a lineup that already ranked second in the American League in runs scored last year, and though the Sox already had lost Victor Martinez (Detroit) and Adrian Beltre (free agent), Crawford and Gonzalez, on paper at least, make Boston even more dangerous.

The Red Sox's moves not only are enough to give the Yankees acid reflux, it makes it imperative that New York close a deal with free agent ace left-hander Cliff Lee.

Because Boston's rotation of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka is far, far superior, as things currently stand, to the Yankees' CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Three Schmoes Praying Not to Lose.

Crawford, 29, becomes the second-highest paid outfielder in the history of major-league baseball, behind another Boston outfielder -- Manny Ramirez, who signed an eight-year, $160 million deal before the 2001 season. But the average annual value of Crawford's deal -- $20.28 million -- surpasses Ramirez's $20 million.

Which is an absolutely jaw-dropping feat, given that Crawford never has had a 20-homer season.

Meantime, not only have the Red Sox struck a mighty blow against the hated Yankees, they put a major hurt on the Los Angeles Angels, who were considered heavy favorites to sign the outfielder who became a free agent this winter after a long run with the Tampa Bay Rays.

"That hurts my heart, man," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter told CBSSports.com in a late-night telephone conversation Wednesday. "That hurts my heart. But hey, what can you do? You've just got to go on to the next one.

"Congratulations to him. He deserves it."

Crawford last season led the American League with 13 triples and was fourth in the league with 110 runs scored. A four-time All-Star, in 154 games for the Rays, Crawford batted .307 with 19 home runs, 90 RBIs and 47 steals.

He has led the AL in steals four times, and his 105 triples lead all active major leaguers.

Crawford and Gonzalez together will give manager Terry Francona two more huge weapons to deploy in a lineup that already includes Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and an aging -- but still dangerous -- David Ortiz.

"That's crazy," Hunter said. "I'm disappointed, man. I really wanted to play with him."

Some in the industry were sure that the Red Sox would veer in a direction other than Crawford after they acquired Gonzalez over the weekend.

Though a 48-hour negotiating window the Red Sox had with Gonzalez expired on Sunday without a contract extension, word here at the winter meetings is that Gonzalez and the Sox have agreed on the framework of a multi-year deal that will be announced sometime after Opening Day 2011. That way, the Sox can delay the millions they will owe in luxury tax until 2012.

The parameters of the Sox/Gonzalez deal are seven years at $154 million, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions. Combined, the Red Sox in the past six days have committed a total of $302 million to Crawford and Gonzalez.

"They have made some serious improvements," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the YES Network's Jack Curry late Wednesday night. "They are going to make it tough on us."

Because of the Gonzalez deal, many in the industry had handicapped the Angels as the clear favorites to land Crawford, though Jayson Werth's seven-year, $126 million deal with the Washington Nationals figured to extend the Crawford negotiating process.

However, a source close to Crawford said earlier Wednesday that he was getting antsy to sign and remove the uncertainty from his future. And late Wednesday night, he certainly did that.

The Angels are believed to have offered Crawford a six-year deal for somewhere in the $105- to $110-million range. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had dinner with Crawford and his representatives earlier this week, but the Yankees have been concentrating on ace pitcher Cliff Lee and it is not believed that they made an offer to Crawford.

Texas also had made contact with Crawford, a move some were watching given the fact that Crawford is from Houston and lives there during the offseason. But the Rangers, like the Yankees, are primarily focused right now on Lee.

The move is another crushing winter blow to the Angels, who were out-bid on both Mark Teixeira and Sabathia by the Yankees before the 2009 season.

Now, they lose Crawford -- a player they were supremely confident would gravitate their way -- to the Red Sox.

And the real question now becomes, even at this early stage of the winter, whether anybody can keep pace with the Red Sox in 2011.

That, or who in the world the Red Sox are going to land next.

Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

try to stick to sports you republican idiot. all elephants should be drug out to the streets and forced to live like a welfare mother. fire your a$$. Unions help this country. Now, Red sox world, you are the New York Yankees.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

So the Red Sox are hardly buying a championship. To buy one you have to have the highest payroll in baseball and the Red Sox won't even come into the year with the second highest payroll.

Any team that purchase players VIA free agency is buying players to win games or ultimatly win the world series. So almost every team tries to buy more wins or a champioship. 

You're making up your own justification (To buy one you have to have the highest payroll) for the Redsox not to be considered buying a championship.

Trading for A-Gon is no different then the Yankees trading for Arod...both were done in an effort to win a world series.

The sox have made some better finacial decsions, which have prevented them from exceeding the Yankees in payroll but make no mistake the Sox are trying to imporove their team and they are buying the peices they feel will help them win a world series.




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:20 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford




There is a difference between the Red Sox and Yankees when it comes to spending money on players.

The Yankees will pay any price to get any player they want bad enough. They'd of paid $300 mil for Teixeira alone if forced to. The Red Sox while getting 2 stud players this off season, will still sit around the cap come opening day. The Yankees will be at least $20 million over the cap.

Usually it's the Yankees fans or fans of poor market teams that say crap about how the Red Sox are now the Yankees. If the Red Sox didn't have a limit on how much they'd spend on players, I would see these people's points. However it is rare anymore for the Red Sox to even finish second overall in spending. They won't come into next year with the second highest payroll in baseball. They'll more than likely end up 5th overall or in payroll, maybe 3 or 4.

So the Red Sox are hardly buying a championship. To buy one you have to have the highest payroll in baseball and the Red Sox won't even come into the year with the second highest payroll. Sure they'll have a bigger payroll than the Rays whom are too cheap to spend money, but there is a difference between paying to win over having the money and refusing to spend it. Don't praise the teams who have the money and won't spend it, praise the teams that spend their money to make their teams better and make their teams enjoyable to watch for their fans. When teams have money and refuse to spend it, it shows winning doesn't matter, only money matters.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Call me socialist, call me whatever you want, but Bo Sox fans have to wake up and see they are just as bad as Yanks fans. 142 million for one player? 20 mil a year? 123,000$ a GAME? it's a game. What can one man possibly do with that money? most of it just becomes a pile for them to sit on, and therefore doesn't help the economy. what a waste. Put this into jobs, healthcare, education.


There are people with a lot more money than Crawford. As for what he will do with it, who cares? It's his money, he earned it playing a game at a level that only a fraction of a percentage of people on this planet can play at.

A pile of money to sit on? He can ensure his children go to a good school and are well taken care of, he can ensure his Grandchildren are also well taken care of. It is his oney and he can do whatever he wants with it.


As for putting back into Jobs? Obama passed a trillion dollar stimulas and it did nothing, Obama passed a healthcare plan that will do nothing but raise cost (see all of the exemptions..great Job Obama) and, if you want better education than get rid of teachers unions becasue all they do is protect weak teachers.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:43 am
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

REDWING 969 you are a fraud - In another post you talk good things about "your tigers" renewing Cabrera for 20 million per. You are clearly just a walking idiot who tries to twist everything to fit his argument better. Just because the sox have ateam twice as good. Dont ever talk about money when you support a team that payys ordonez 18 million. I know this idiot wont come back because he obvioussly is jealous of the Red Sox. Everyone should go read this guys posts about the Werth Contract saying the guy is just getting the money he can, not having an issue with it. You are such a fraud, act like you give a chit about economic issues, its all about your team not being as good as the Boston Red Sox.
First of all moron, it's 1969, not 969... just sayin.... The only idiot that puts a spin on things is you... everything you accused me of saying I really did say.  The Tigers did sign to 20 million per... so what?  Considering he might be the best player in baseball today, that's a pretty good signing sir.   And yes, I said Werth did nothing wrong. I said Werth got every penny he could get with the best agent on this planet representing him, even if he is well overpaid. What's your point idiot?  As for Ordonez, once again, what the hell is your point?  The numbers he put up for quite a while beat the hell out of some others making 18 million per year.... I'll ask again, what's your point?

Were you wasted when you wrote the above post?  High as a kite I'm guessing? Tell me if I'm getting warm please... So you say the reason I commented on Werth's contract and/or justified Crawford's contract on these boards is because the Redsox are better then the Tigers????  What??????   I have a question for you retard.  Do YOU even know what the hell you said after you say it? 



Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2010 3:51 am
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Our pitching is still the best and we will take you down Boston. You are the Jr. Yankees. We will win it all again with misfits and the best pitching staff top to bottom.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 11:24 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Learn to read numb nuts.  I said they are a top 5 salary team!  But they will be spending the same as they did last year. 



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 11:15 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

The Red Sox will sign Cliff Lee and trade Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox are finally serious about winning and they have the money to get it done. I was never a Red Sox fan, but after these 3 signings I'm a believer.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:58 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Damn, another bridge year.......



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:38 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Call me socialist, call me whatever you want, but Bo Sox fans have to wake up and see they are just as bad as Yanks fans. 142 million for one player? 20 mil a year? 123,000$ a GAME? it's a game. What can one man possibly do with that money? most of it just becomes a pile for them to sit on, and therefore doesn't help the economy. what a waste. Put this into jobs, healthcare, education.


NO I  WONT CALL YOU A SOCIALIST - HOW ABOUT A FRAUD - ACT LIKE YOU CARE WHAT YOU DONT THINK PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT ELSE YOU TALK ABOUT

REDWING 969 you are a fraud - In another post you talk good things about "your tigers" renewing Cabrera for 20 million per. You are clearly just a walking idiot who tries to twist everything to fit his argument better. Just because the sox have ateam twice as good. Dont ever talk about money when you support a team that payys ordonez 18 million. I know this idiot wont come back because he obvioussly is jealous of the Red Sox. Everyone should go read this guys posts about the Werth Contract saying the guy is just getting the money he can, not having an issue with it. You are such a fraud, act like you give a chit about economic issues, its all about your team not being as good as the Boston Red Sox.


WHAT A JOKE THIS LOSER IS


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