The Nationals signed Jayson Werth to a seven-year $126 million (avg. $18M per season) contract, a move that will have a big impact on Carl Crawford’s future.
When the off-season started, we predicted Crawford would sign for seven years and $105 million. Well, Werth’s new deal means teams looking to sign Crawford can start at $126 million and may have to go as high as $150 million.
Also, the Red Sox, who had their hopes set on signing either Werth or Crawford, will now likely go hard after Crawford, which will just drive his price up higher.
In fact, Jayson Werth spoke to an official from an AL team that said Crawford is “looking at maybe eight years, $180 million now, maybe 10 years, $190 million.”
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- If you missed it yesterday, we updated you on the six teams (five now that Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals) that are chasing Carl Crawford. [Rays Index]
- Marc Topkin writes that the signs are indicating that Carlos Pena won’t be back with the Rays in 2011. In the same piece, Topkin also speculates that Troy Tulowitzki’s new mega-deal could be a bad sign for the Rays, given how close Tulo is to Evan Longoria. This is something we have written about in the past: Yes, it may be the best contract in baseball, but it could also come back to haunt the Rays if Longo ever decides he deserves more. [St. Pete Times]
- Scott Boras praised Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon for the job they have done despite having their hands tied by Stuart Sternberg. Of Friedman and Maddon, Boaras noted that “you’d like to see the building finished” but implied that Sternberg won’t allow that. [St. Pete Times]
- Despite not being able to agree on a contract extension with Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox completed their trade with the Padres for the first baseman. [MLB Trade Rumors]
- Local businesses are slowly starting to get involved in the Rays stadium issue. [Tampa Tribune]