Crawford was released by the Dodgers on Monday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. It's not too surprising that Crawford went unclaimed on waivers since he still is owed $35 million on his contract, but he will now become a free agent and look to sign with a new ball club. Crawford slashed just .185/.230/.235 with no home runs and just six RBI in 30 games with the Dodgers this season.
Crawford was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Sunday. Crawford had just been starting to see consistent playing time in left field, but he did little with the opportunity, going 1-for-14 at the plate over a stretch of five consecutive starts. The 34-year-old will now have to clear waivers, though it's unlikely Crawford and his $20-plus million dollar salary will be claimed. To replace the veteran on the roster, Austin Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres. Enrique Hernandez will man left field and bat leadoff against left-hander Christian Friedrich. Crawford has underperformed all year and isn't even starting everyday against right-handers. There's little appeal here in standard mixed leagues.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels. Manager Dave Roberts will reward Trayce Thompson for his two-homer effort Monday with the start in left field against right-hander Jered Weaver. This marks Crawford's fourth absence in the team's last six games, with all four absences coming against opposing right-handed starters.
Crawford is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals. Trayce Thompson will get the start in left field as Crawford sits for a second straight day, with both absences coming against opposing right-handed starters. There has been no word of an injury setback for Crawford, but he's done little of note with the bat this season, and unless he picks it up in a major way, left field will likely continue to be a revolving door for Los Angeles.
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