Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees are indeed having talks with Carl Crawford

Sources: the Yankees are very much engaged in conversations with free agent outfielder Carl Crawford. What is unknown is whether they could sign Cliff Lee and still stay in the mix for Crawford, who figures to sign for more money than any player this winter.

So add the Yankees to the Angels and the Red Sox as teams that have been confirmed as to having direct talks with Crawford’s people.

We have said previously that we don’t understand the Red Sox pursuit. Crawford’s defense would be wasted in left field at Fenway and yet the Red Sox will still have to pay for his defense.

On the other hand, if we want to be honest about what is best for Crawford, it is the Yankees. He would hit 25 home runs a year in Replica Yankee Stadium and the massive left field would showcase his defensive talents.

On top of that, Crawford is exactly the type of player that Yankees fans love. Sure they like brash players. But true Yankees are the no nonsense, hard working, keep your nose clean, just go out and do your job types, like a Derek Jeter or a Mariano Rivera or a Jorge Posada.

If Crawford spent the next eight years in pinstripes, he could become one of the all-time greats.

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  1. phil says:

    If the Yankees get Cliff Lee they will not pursue Carl Crawford ....

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  2. He would be stupid if he didn't at least talk to them. For at least the financial security they would provide for the rest of his life. To not do so would be foolish.

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  3. Don says:

    "WHat is best for Crawford"...you got it backwards...What is BEST for the YANKEES is to get Carl signed....They KNOW he is a future hall of famer and worth the money...Lee's money is the only question mark...get both of them and the Yankees are back at the TOP...WHy not Steinbrenner....your dad would in a second!

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  4. John says:

    CC to the Yanks? Thanks, Cork. Wanna pour a little lemon juice on my papercut?

    And yeah, I get what you're saying, and you're probably right. But jeez...

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      i know this sounds crazy, but I think it might be kinda fun. Listen, he is leaving and going somewhere, so why not have some fun with it. think of Hulk Hogan becoming a bad guy (if you ever followed pro wrestling). or maybe like playing pickup basketball with your best friend on the other team. we could root against him and boo him. we dont have to hate him. we can still hate the yankees. but the rivalry with Crawford could be something more fun.

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      • Tone says:

        It was not fun in 2009 when they signed both CC and Tex while the Rays did not even get a chance to choke in the playoffs. But, if they did it and the Rays make the playoffs and the Yanks blow their wad to only miss them...well that would be hysterical. I would rather see him go to the Mets or Giants. "Fun" would be if the Yanks miss out on both free agents while AJ falls further on his face, Tex chokes for more than just April, and A-Rod gets busted roidin' again. That would be magically "fun".(and they miss the playoffs while the Rays win it all on the cheap).

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        • Brian says:

          Like!

          The MLB needs a salary cap. This Yankee spending spree is getting f*cking ridiculous.

          Now, Gonzalez to the Red Sox? The Sox gave up a lot for his services but he will crush the Yanks in NY with their short porch in right. I hate to say this but I see the Rays in a 4th place battle with the Jays in 2011.

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      • MJ says:

        Id much rather see him on the Yanks than the Sux, thats for sure.

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  5. phil says:

    Padres now have 3 young first baseman types in Rizzo from the Boston trade, Blanks and another name according to their website.....Shilelds & Bartlett for one of them?

    San Diego needs a ss and starting pitching

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