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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: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Theo Epstein should be considered a Genius in one week he has turned around a fan base that was  getting tired of the Red Sox not getting there guy because the Yankees got him. They were getting tire of the Smoltz/Penny type deals but it was all to bridge them to this point. This time they got there guy and everyone elses guy in Crawford and made it look like the team finally decided to step up the amount they spend on players.  They let the older players go because they did not older guys locked up for lon term deals.

The funny part is he did it all with really no increase in Salary for the up coming season(actual decrease as of right now) that is why the A-gon deal currentyl sits signed in Theo's file cabinet until opening day. Here are the numbers that show they did take on any addditional salary for next compared to there number in 2010. 

      
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2010 Red Sox Free Agents 2010 Salaries -

      
;     Adrian Beltre  2010  9 Million
      
;     Bill Hall - 2010  8.85 Million
      
;     Mike Lowell -  12.5  Million
      
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rt 7.75  Million
      
;    Hermida (released) 3.35 Million

41.4 million total )salary off the books)

Players Making Less Money in 2011 Season
      
; John Lackey - 2.75 Million less than 2010
      
; Wakefield -     1.5 Million Less
      
; Varitek  - 1 million Less

5.25 million total (salary off the books)


Players Making more between Lester, Youk, Pedroia, Beckett, Dice-k =

Beckett 5 Million
Youk - 3 million
Dice K - 2 Milliom
Lester - 2 million
Pedroia - 2 Million

(14 million total) additional salary


Players sox not paying to play for other teams now

Lugo 9 million
Wagner - 1 million
Alex Gons - .5 milio 

10.5 Million salary off the books
      
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41.4 + 5.25 + 10.5 - 14 = 43.15 Million a year for theo to play with

off Season trades and aquisitions

2011 additional Salaries

A-Gon - 6.3 mill
Carl Crawford - 20.3 million

43.15 -
26.6 Million


RED SOX STILL HAVE 16.66 Million to play with until they reach there 2010 salaries.

Looking forward to 2012 it looks even Brighter because even with A-gons 22 million or 16 Million addidtion to his 2011 6.3 million is we have JD drew, Ortiz, Papelbon (Bard is future closer),Mike Cameron, Varitek & Wakefield are all coming off the books. They are poised to be young and very talented in the next 4 or 5 years and they will also be freeing up money to tweek what ever they need to do. It took a couple of down years plugging holes with temporary solutions and 1 and 2 year deals but they are looking great moving forward and Theo looks very imrpessive so far this year.

GO SOX 



Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:22 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

im happy they got him!!!!  but i mean  the angels had so many chances to get him and they didnt cash in  i mean  the sox had to step up. Crawford was like a bone hanging from a tree.  one dogs gotta jump for it eventually



Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Boy can we hardley wait for baseball season or what. Boston loading up, Yankees loading up, and always that sleeper team that no one ever gave it a thought about making the playoffs. This will really bring out some awsome baseball for 2011. Fantasy team. These owners are builing a look what we got fantasy team. Glad to see the Bo Sox get into the action with some fine picks. Wow! They might not be done. The Yankee's will not sit idle. Even with the signing of Cliff Lee, and they should get him now as a must do, but they still need that one piece. That piece could come from Kansas City. Josh Fields. The kid is only 28 and has been given limited playing time over the last 3 years  mainly because of a injury during the first part of 2010 that cost him 5 months. Still he managed to put up 23 homes runs the last mainly 2 seasons and was a good fantasy option when he was with the White Sox. KC liked his power right handed and that is why they got him from Chicago. KC has given up on the kid to quick and he would be a steal for the Yankees. Good glove that would rest A Rod as needed. So many times a team gives up on someone that becomes a stud just given the opportunity with a solid instruction and on a solid team. The Yankees have a way of making good players better and better players great.




Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Should I be like EVERY CRYING Red Sox Fan WAHHHHHHHH The The Red Sox are buying their way to the Playoffs WAHHHHHHH
NO!!!! I wont because Its a new day and this is Baseball. If you have the Money SPEND it!!! If you dont have the money GOOD LUCK!!!o be
Its going to be a long season!!!  I think Crawford is one of the best players in the game. AND I WONT LIE!!! I wsh he was in PinStripes!!!
The Red Sox cant ever say the Yankees just SPEND SPEND SPEND, Because they took a Yankees 101 course this Winter!!!!





Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

'Now that The Bosox have gotten Crawford, and add him to the outfield with Ellsbury And Mike Cameron they could possibly have the fastest outfield in the history of baseball it will be awsum to watch that 3 sppedsters play defense at Fenway park'
Let's not get carried away- the Oakland A's have had some speedy outfields over the years, and the Cardinals outfield of Coleman, McGee and Van Slyke combined stole 200 bases in 1985. You don't need a lot of speed to play outfield in Fenway, but it never hurts to have in it, in any case.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

 . hang it up.  ur so deep into your yankees that you fail to see what everyone else sees.  

Nope, I see it just fine..your obviously a little kid with your childish comments.


Thats acceptable for being a homer.

And you claiming that Boston's rotation is far..far superior is not that of a homer..you finished 3rd in the AL East last year fool you lost martinez and beltre so your aquisitions are not addition to last years team they are to replace the offense you lost....get a clue child.

 

did this line tick you off?


Because Boston's rotation of , , ,  and  is far, far superior, as things currently stand, to the Yankees' ,  and Three Schmoes Praying Not to Lose.

Thats frign hillarious!  3 Schmoes trying not to lose!       HAHAHAHAHAHA

And this just sums up how much of idiot and child you truely are




Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Not sure why everyone is thinking these moves makes the Sox SO much better then they were last year.  By adding Adrien Gonzalez you are subtracting Beltre.  Which is fine in the long run but I think if Adrian Gonzalez puts up the numbers Beltre put up last year the Red Sox Nation would be thrilled.  So that move is pretty much a wash when it comes to adding offense in the offseason.  The upgrade comes from Crawford replacing whatever production they rotated in the OF.  But 7 years seems like quite a long contract for a OF who is about to turn 30.  The biggest upgrade the Sox could get this offseason is if they can mend things up with Jacoby.  Crawford really doesn't want to leadoff and a guy like Jacoby can take pitches and set the table from the lead off spot.  He reminds me a lot of a poor man's Brett Gardner ;)
Should be a fun year ahead.  Glad I won't have to hear complaints from Sox fans about the Yanks being the only team trying to buy a Championship. 



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

phatriots you sure talk enough shop to be from NY, but i doubt you make enough money, so jokes on you, your still just as I said before, a poor mans wanna be NYer. 

the back end of the yanks staff is crap but don't cry about the big bad yankees buying players when we sign lee to fix a hole just like you just fixed a hole in that shit OF you had last year. 

also very shifty move on not signing adrain to the extension until after you can defer the luxery tax money to next year.  smart move by the GM everyone wanted fired last year.  hope we do the same thing if we trade for zack gienke.   

I ask ayone who complains about baseball saleries and money.... would you accept a cap on your own job's pay?  If i offered you a job doing the exact same thing for twice as much money would you not take it because you feel bad for your current employer or because its not fair to them?  think about your answers before you whine about baseball players and the yankees or the re sox for that matter.




Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:48 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

Now that The Bosox have gotten Crawford, and add him to the outfield with Ellsbury And Mike Cameron they could possibly have the fastest outfield in the history of baseball it will be awsum to watch that 3 sppedsters play defense at Fenway park



Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Red Sox stun baseball world, sign Crawford

I'm a long time Yankee fan but out of respect along I have to give serious props to the Sox for this last week.  While the Yankees were busy fighting with Jeter the Red Sox made a smart, albeit overpriced move, to upgrade the offense in Crawford & Gonzalez.

The AL East will be fun to watch this year.


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