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]



  1. Charles says:

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

  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.

  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?

    • 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….

    • Brixology says:

      …and then there were two…

  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!

    • 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.

      • Don says:

        Well your wrong….CC was voted and publicized by the media…maybe you don’t read a newspaper, BUT:
        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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