In one of my recent pieces over at Business Insider, I break down why I think Carl Crawford will ultimately sign with the Tigers this off-season. There is a downside to Crawford signing with the Tigers that is not mentioned in the piece. That is, the Tigers first-round pick is protected (top 15). [Ed. Note: see comments]

Carl Crawford Will Be A Detroit Tiger In 2011 [Business Insider]

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  1. Charles says:

    An outfield of Crawford, Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn would be pretty nice for them.

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  2. Gary says:

    Your information is wrong. If the Tigers do sign either Crawford or any other Type A free agent, they will indeed have to give up their 1st round pick.They were tied with Oakland this year, but since the As had a worse record in 2009, they WILL NOT have to give up their 1st rounder, but the Tigers will.

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  3. Am I the only person who thinks the Rays have a decent shot at re-signing him? Especially as teams like the Yankees bow out?

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    • Bob says:

      Jordi - I'll go a step further and say that the Rays WILL re-sign him. They have the money, Carl wants to stay, and the front office understands the risk of not re-signing him. He does not want to play for the Tigers, I can assure you that. The Rays will, however, allow this to play out a bit longer as Carl tests the waters....

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    • Brixology says:

      ...and then there were two...

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  4. Don says:

    I've said it along...IF the Rays let money ($) come BEFORE keeping the most popular athlete in this area of all time...
    They are MORONS...thats my story/prediction since DAY ONE!

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    • Rob says:

      Crawford is the most popluar athlete in this area of all time? Really? Ahead of Alstott? Selmon? St Louis? In a few months he could be behind Freeman and Stamkos. I think Evan Longoria is more popular as well.

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      • Don says:

        Well your wrong....CC was voted and publicized by the media...maybe you don't read a newspaper, BUT:
        Carl Crawford: IS THE MOST POPULAR ATHLETE THAT EVER PLAYED SPORTS IN THIS AREA....
        Not only that he is the BEST athlete that ever PLAYED sports in the area...guarantee... he could play football for the Bucs...
        So lose him for say $18/20mil a year....I don't think so...
        Longo is MORE popular with the little girls, knowledgable fans know CC is the MAN!

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        • Rob says:

          http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/twocents/content/tampa-bays-most-popular-athlete

          Lot's of little girls must have voted on this one.

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          • Don says:

            EXACTLY with the little girls and the 40 something ole bags..
            1000 votes in a metro area of 3mil.+ ???
            Thats the poll I would go for... If I was you....but you also voted for Sink....because the Democ. poll told you she would win! CC is the man...PAY him... or you will look the FOOL!

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