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Red Sox Agree to Sign Carl Crawford to $142M Deal

Carl Crawford

The Red Sox have made the biggest splash yet on the free agent market, agreeing to terms with free agent outfielder Carl Crawford. The Sox are set to sign the former Tampa Bay Ray to a seven-year, $142 million deal to play left field, according to the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham.

The guys at MLB Trade Rumors note that the signing of Crawford puts pressure on the Red Sox rivals. The Angels lose a chance to grab their top offseason target. The Rays lose their franchise player to a division rival and have to play him 18 times per year. The Yankees lose their Plan B should they fail to sign Cliff Lee, and the Rangers lose their chance to make a splash for a position player.

Crawford becomes the first player to land a nine-figure contract without ever registering a 20-homer season (he had 19 HRs last season). Because Crawford was a Type A free agent, the Rays pick up two draft picks from the Red Sox. The Sox picked up a better first round pick when the Tigers signed Victor Martinez.

The additions of Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez give the Red Sox a lefthander-heavy lineup, but it would seem that management is OK with that. The lineup automatically becomes one of the best in baseball, and the team will definitely be fine without Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre. Oh, and the team may yet add Russel Martin to bolster catcher and infield depth.

Last season, Crawford hit .307 with 19 HRs and 90 RBI last season as the team’s No. 3 hitter. He also stole 47 bases and scored 110 runs.

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4 comments for “Red Sox Agree to Sign Carl Crawford to $142M Deal”

  1. Bring on Cliff Lee and the Yankees. That’s the best the Yankees can hope for, but only playing 1/5 games, there’s no way the Yankees can overcome the explosiveness that will be Gonzalez, Crawford, and the Red Sox. Oh, and Youk, and Papi, and Pedroia, and Ellsbury running, and Daniel Bard beating them back. Are New Yorkers committing seppuku yet?

    Posted by John | December 9, 2010, 9:41 am
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    Posted by With Carl Crawford on Board, Red Sox’ Lineup Gets Huge Boost | Sports of Boston | December 9, 2010, 1:21 pm
  3. He is a good player

    Posted by Fresno Criminal Defense Lawyer | December 9, 2010, 2:44 pm
  4. [...] the biggest shock of the offseason, the Red Sox swooped in and signed Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million deal. The Angels thought they had Crawford signed, and the Yankees [...]

    Posted by 2010 SoB Story Of The Year: Red Sox Offseason Moves | Sports of Boston | January 13, 2011, 11:52 pm

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