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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 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.


Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:48 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Wait, now Boston is a small market team? I love how these moron red sox fans have the balls to sit there and cry poverty after signing Crawford and trading prospects for Gonzalez, who will be re-signed for 20+mill per before the season starts. Nobody cares how much $$ you spend but now you can stop with the "payroll" argument because they are definately going to be the leaders in $$ spent bringing in players this offseason. The Yankees RE-SIGNED 2 players that have spent there whole careers in NY, and the only big signing they will make, IF ANY, is Lee.
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p;      Now you can try to come back with, well the sox are still under lasts years salary......but the haven't signed Gonzalez to an extension and they still need a catcher and bullpen help. So when all is said and done they will be over last years salary and you can bet when they fall apart in August watching Lackey, Dice K and Beckett get lit up 3 out of 5 days the old "payroll argument" will be back in full force because they have nothing else to say.

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:27 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

"Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford"

Stunning?  No.  Slightly suprising maybe, but certainly not stunning.  It's more of the same.

If the Indians signed him, now that would be stunning.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 9:07 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Sox win the winter meetings! Sox win the winter meetings! Sox win the winter meetings!

Enjoy the off season Sox fans, hehe!!!!!

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:37 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

What people are not taking into account is that right now the Red Sox payroll is smaller than last year.  Gonzalez and Crawford will account for 27 million this year.  They dropped almost 37 million in salary with Beltre, Martinez, Hall, and dead money from salaries of players they traded the last few years.  In fact, if they spend 8 - 10 million on relief pitching they will have just about the same team salary as last year.  They have another $50 million coming off the books next year (Drew, Cameron, Dice K, Scutaro....) which will more than make up for Gonzalez potential salary of $22mil or so.

That will still the Red Sox in the top 5 in salary, but still over $50mil below the Yanks, and in the same neighborhood as the Tigers...

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:34 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.
On the surface you are being sensible and what you say makes sense. But in reality it's not the way it is and it's never gonna change.

Consider this. There are only about 100 outfielders in MLB that play every day, and only about one thousand every day major league players.  When you are in that elite category, you get paid enormous amounts of money.  Do you know anybody in your life that works at a job only one thousand other people do world wide?  If you do ( and I'd bet everything I have you don't) then you know that person makes just as much money.

It's supply and demand.  There are only 100 outfielders and there might not  even be 10 that are better then Crawford.  That means he's one of the top 10 people at his position world wide....  so he gets paid.

Do I think it's way too much? Absolutely.  But it's never gonna change... only going to get worse.

Since: May 27, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:48 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

My Blue Jays are screwed. I love that AA is trying to build a competitive team, but this is ridiculous.

I'm not even going to bother watching any baseball, just going to stick to fantasy.

142 million for 7 years? I don't think people realize how much money that is, for ONE guy. I think people just think that number is just another baseball stat. The game needs a cap, smaller market teams are nothing but farm systems for the big market teams. Bo Sox and Yanks just trying to buy their championships. Jays are screwed in AL East, that is a nonsensical amount of money to be putting into a baseball team. I hope the Jays surprise the Yanks and Bo Sox.

At least Selig is going to expand the playoffs, maybe the Jays will actually have a chance. Some people will say that owners should be willing to fork out the big bucks for free agents and top players, but look at the NFL and NHL. Competitive throughout the league every year because no matter who you are, you can't spend more than the rest. But apparently competition and fair play doesn't exist anymore, its just about power of the almighty dollar, there is no loyalty to teams or cities anymore. Its up and down, but in baseball, its a small window of up for small teams and the big teams can just do whatever they want when smaller teams can't afford the players demands.

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.

Once Selig dies, hopefully some owners will try for a cap, the MLB needs it. 10 million a year for Carlos Pena, a guy who hits like Mendoza? what a joke. I'm not just speaking as a Jays fan, but a sports fan. I love watching the NFL and NHL much more through the cap system, and yes it could work in baseball.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:45 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Boo hoo Yankee fans whining the Red Sox are now have the nerve to try to buy a championship. While usually this is a privilege only granted to New York, I find it hard to lend my shoulder for your tears now that someone is fighting fire with fire. The Red Sox have two options: spend as much as NY, or compete at a massive disadvantage the ol' fashioned way and hope for the best.

Ah, but anyways, you're off apparently as Boston still will not near the Yankee cash output...and all for a massive choke job like usual.

Since: Oct 19, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:35 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Umm yeah Ducku, we boston fans all really envy san fran.  LOL.  seriously, get a grip.  congrats and all - nice win but really, get a clue.

Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:29 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

"Dear Red Sox, when hating on the Yankees for spending too much $$ to field a team, please LOOK IN THE MIRROR.  You have become exactly what you hated...the New York Yankees.  Good Job.  Maybe try and put a real team together the right way through your farm system and not overpaying for 2-3 all stars.  If you need the blueprint, just look out West to my WORLD CHAMPION SF GIANTS, with less than 1/2 of your payroll.  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...I can't stop laughing.  It feels too good."

First off your a retard and know nothing. Explain to me how they are like the Yankees all the sudden. The Red Sox right now are 16 million dollars lower than they were last year. How do you explain the timing of what your saying. The Red Sox let 2 guys go that are getting old and that would command longer and more expensive contracts than they wanted so they let them walk. They traded for A-gon which is counting for 6.3 Million next year and they signed 1 high end free agent. The yankees signed more then them already just by signing Jeter and Mariano for over 30 Million total.

So everyone biiitching and whining what would you want the Red Sox to do. Just sit back and try to build there farm system and hope they are competitive once every 15 years. Thats jsut idiotic and would be the deathe of the business side of it. It would be stupid to not invest in the top FA players. Just because your owners put more back in there pockets does not mean the Red Sox have to. Boston is not one of these large Markets they have enough money because they invest in the players and the team. This is a business and all you shiney little biiitches need move out of your mothers basement. Before you make a comment do your research and you would know that the Boston Red Sox actually cut Salary this year.

Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:05 pm

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

do dustin pedroia, kevin youkois, clay bucholz, daniel bard, john lester, and more ring a bell you moron, all farm raised from the red sox, players your gaints would love to have.  Oh well enjoy your one and done....

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