Let’s take a team-by-team look at the latest news and rumors surroungding Carl Crawford…
New York Yankees:
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post feels the Yankees may be talking to Crawford “to make sure the Red Sox pay a premium should he go to Boston.” He adds that Crawford may only become a factor to the Yankees if they don’t land Cliff Lee, something we have heard before.
- Ken Rosenthal spoke to a rival executive that would be “absolutely shocked” if the Yankees signed Crawford. Roenthal also speculates that the Yankees may just be trying to raise the price for the Red Sox and Angels.
- Jon Heyman tweets that a meeting between the Yankees and Crawford could happen this week.
Boston Red Sox:
- Nick Cafardo can’t see the Red Sox making an eight-year commitment to Crawford. He adds that Theo Epstein is not a fan of long-term deals and notes that Crawford’s defense would be “somewhat wasted” at Fenway, something we have also questioned.
- Jon Heyman tweets that the Red Sox are not concerned that Crawford is a left-handed hitter even though they already have David Ortiz, JD Drew and Adrian Gonzalez.
- However, Jon Heyman also wrote that Jayson Werth is more likely to sign with the Red Sox and that the Angels and Yankees are higher on Crawford’s list.
- Jon Heyman tweets that the Rangers are also interested in Crawford and that they are high on his list. Presumably because Dallas is close to his Houston home.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Near Disneyland:
- Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times writes that Angels owner Arte Moreno doesn’t like bidding wars and typically makes his best offer up front. And a source close to the Angels says the team would prefer to pay Crawford a higher yearly salary over five or six years, rather than make a seven or eight-year commitment.
- Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post admits that it is a long shot, but that some within the Nationals’ front office are “pushing for the Nationals to pursue Carl Crawford.”
- Jim Williams of The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Nationals will meet with Crawford’s representatives tonight or tomorrow.
- Lynn Henning of The Detroit News reports that the Tigers are not actively pursuing Crawford, but that they will keep tabs on his demands.