Buster Olney had an interesting little nugget in his blog yesterday. According to “a friend” of Carl Crawford, he is not all that excited about the idea of signing with the enemies this winter…
Carl Crawford is going to get extraordinary offers as a free agent this offseason, but if everything is equal (if the Red Sox or the Yankees make the same level of offer as the Angels) do not underestimate the impact of the competitive callus Crawford has built up against Boston and New York in his career. For years, he has been battling the Red Sox and Yankees, and he will need to be persuaded to join them, according to a friend.
We are still not even sure why the Red Sox would want to spend that much money on Crawford considering much of his value is based on defense, a value that will be lost in the small left field of Fenway Park. It would be kind like keeping a Picasso in a safe.
Ultimately, we think this is going to come down to the Tigers and the Angels. And considering both teams won’t be afraid to go big, Crawford’s next deal could reach $120 million.