Ken Rosenthal suggests it is in Carl Crawford’s best interest to wait until after Cliff Lee finds a new home before signing a contract..
The Red Sox are interested. The big loser in the Lee sweepstakes — the Yankees or Rangers — could be, too…Thus, it’s in Crawford’s interest to wait for Lee, setting up — potentially — a bidding competition between the Red Sox, Yankees and Angels, or the Angels, Rangers and Red Sox…At the very least, it’s Angels vs. Red Sox, plus heaven knows which other clubs.
So if you were hoping that CC would just rip the band-aid off in one quick motion, should prepare themselves for a long painful process.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- All seven of the free agents offered arbitration by the Rays rejected the offer. The biggest surprise was Grant Balfour, who apparently thinks he can get a multi-year deal somewhere. [Rays Report]
- Pinellas County extended the Bed Tax through 2021. This is important because the tax could be used to help finance a new stadium. [Twitter]
- Meanwhile, the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce will soon vote on whether finding financing for a new stadium should be a priority in 2011. [St. Pete Times]