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Nice to see the AL East is about to become the Yankees, Red Sox, and Everyone Else again. Back to normal.

Source: Boston Red Sox to sign Carl Crawford to 7-year, $142 million deal


    The Boston Red Sox will sign free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford, a source confirmed to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes on Thursday night.

    The Boston Globe first reported the news of the impending seven-year, $142 million contract Thursday night.

    Crawford was considered the top position player on the free-agency market this winter, just ahead of outfielder Jayson Werth, who signed with the Washington Nationals on Sunday for seven years and $126 million.


I hope the Rays have a hell of a farm system, because Crawford's a huge loss for them. And for the Red Sox, well, I guess losing Beltre won't hurt so much.




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I think the Angels have to rethink how they should operate. Their a big market team that can't seem to get who they want and they really wanted Crawford. Maybe Beltre can make their hurt go away. How much does Cliff Lee love the Red Sox right now?



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    Originally posted by edoug
    I think the Angels have to rethink how they should operate. Their a big market team that can't seem to get who they want and they really wanted Crawford. Maybe Beltre can make their hurt go away. How much does Cliff Lee love the Red Sox right now?


I love how I constantly hear "Player X loves the west coast" or "Player X grew up in the west coast and would love to come home", but in the end, just wind up going to where the money is out east. (See: Sabathia, C.C.)

Which is baffling to me, because the Angels HAVE money. Hell, they're the third highest payroll behind the Yankees and Red Sox. The only reason I can think of that the Crawford deal didn't happen was because they didn't want to commit to that seventh year.

There's also some wild allegation that the Angels are interested in Cliff Lee, but there's no way that can be true. The rotation's pretty set with Weaver, Haren, and Santana up top. I'm thinking this was a manufactured story to get the price tag up and have the Yankees or Rangers pony up another $20 mil.




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I think if I was a Blue Jays or Orioles fan I would start doing something else with my summer.



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As a very casual baseball fan, I'd like to ask: Who?



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Baseball is about two teams. Good for them and their fans, and kind of crappy for everybody else.


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    Heard this: The Angels' offer to Carl Crawford was $108 m. over 6 years,or $18 m. a year. Which means the Red Sox offer was much higher.


Obviously this wasn't going to get it done after the Werth deal, but I can't blame the Angels for not going any higher either.

Signing Crawford doesn't get them the title as we've seen lately the hot team at the end of the season is just as likely to win it all, but it still sucks to see the rich get richer.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I don't ever want to hear a Boston rep complain about Yankee spending ever again.



(edited by BigDaddyLoco on 9.12.10 1656)
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.58
    Originally posted by spf
    I think if I was a Blue Jays or Orioles fan I would start doing something else with my summer.


Anyone in the NL East want to swap divisions for, oh, ever?
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco

      Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
      Heard this: The Angels' offer to Carl Crawford was $108 m. over 6 years,or $18 m. a year. Which means the Red Sox offer was much higher.


    Obviously this wasn't going to get it done after the Werth deal, but I can't blame the Angels for not going any higher either.

    Signing Crawford doesn't get them the title as we've seen lately the hot team at the end of the season is just as likely to win it all, but it still sucks to see the rich get richer.


I agree with this to an extent. But I'm getting sick and tired of watching the Angels play it safe. The farm system can only get you so far and for as much as I love Weaver, Santana, and Morales, Carl Crawford's a guy that's still in his mid-20's and could have been a potential franchise guy. If he doesn't pan out, well, them's the breaks. But take a chance! Throw a little money out there. It beats taking another one on the chin from the AL East.

And as for the rich getting richer...did anyone else find Nolan Ryan's interview on Mike & Mike incredibly depressing? It's like the poor guy KNOWS that no matter what he tries, he's getting priced out at the end of the day.




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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    Oh yeah, I don't ever want to hear a Boston rep complain about Yankee spending ever again.


I don't have a particular dog in this fight (Go M's! Jack Cust! Miguel Olivo! Believe big!) but it is worth noting that in 2008 the Red Sox-payroll was fourth in baseball at $122.7 million. The Mets and Cubs were tied for second at around $135 million each.

The Yankees-payroll was $201.4 million. The difference between first and second in payroll was equal to the entire roster of the Twins.

I think there is still room to complain about Yankee spending by everyone. (I mean, $17 mil a year for three years for Jeter?!?!)



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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Oh yeah, I don't ever want to hear a Boston rep complain about Yankee spending ever again.


    I don't have a particular dog in this fight (Go M's! Jack Cust! Miguel Olivo! Believe big!) but it is worth noting that in 2008 the Red Sox-payroll was fourth in baseball at $122.7 million. The Mets and Cubs were tied for second at around $135 million each.

    The Yankees-payroll was $201.4 million. The difference between first and second in payroll was equal to the entire roster of the Twins.

    I think there is still room to complain about Yankee spending by everyone. (I mean, $17 mil a year for three years for Jeter?!?!)

Of course by 2010 the Red Sox payroll was up over $160 million, and looking to be at or over that amount in 2011.

One correction for It's False, Carl Crawford turns 30 this coming season.

(edited by spf on 9.12.10 1900)


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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
      Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
      Oh yeah, I don't ever want to hear a Boston rep complain about Yankee spending ever again.


    I don't have a particular dog in this fight (Go M's! Jack Cust! Miguel Olivo! Believe big!) but it is worth noting that in 2008 the Red Sox-payroll was fourth in baseball at $122.7 million. The Mets and Cubs were tied for second at around $135 million each.

    The Yankees-payroll was $201.4 million. The difference between first and second in payroll was equal to the entire roster of the Twins.

    I think there is still room to complain about Yankee spending by everyone. (I mean, $17 mil a year for three years for Jeter?!?!)


I'm also a Mariner fan, and they actually have spent a lot of money the last couple of years. They just did it really poorly. I guess if you foot for a MLB team that isn't in a major market all you can hope for is that they can keep their homegrown studs and fill in the gaps with whatever they can.



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Maybe if MLB forced small market teams to spend their revenue sharing /luxury tax or whatever its called, on player salaries instead of the owners lining their pockets, all the small market fans would have to find something else to cry about.
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Maybe if MLB forced small market teams to spend their revenue sharing /luxury tax or whatever its called, on player salaries instead of the owners lining their pockets, all the small market fans would have to find something else to cry about.


Not that I believe him, but David Samson says they use (some of) the luxury tax for things other than salary, like scouting and other front office things.



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