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.