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Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

Posted on: November 10, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 9:41 am
Hot Stove Over the next three weeks, CBS Sports' MLB Facts and Rumors will be profiling both free agents and trade candidates who will help stoke the fires of the Hot Stove League. Today, free agent Carl Crawford.

Believe it or not, there is another free agent other than Cliff Lee. I know, I know, it's a shocker. While Cliff Lee could end up costing the Yankees more than a $1 million per start, that'll make any other free agent sound like a bargain -- especially if it's an everyday player. And today, we've got the best one of those on the market, Carl Crawford.


2010: .307/.356/.495 with 19 home runs, 90 RBI, 47 stolen bases
career: .296/.337/.444 with 104 home runs, 592 RBI, 409 stolen bases


Crawford signed a four-year $15.25 million contract in 2005 with club options for 2009 ($8.25 million) and 2010 ($10 million).


Expect the bidding to begin at five years and $80 million. He doesn't quite have the power numbers to get into the Matt Holliday numbers (seven years, $126 million), but the number of teams that are interested could drive up the price. In the end, I'd say he goes for six years, $102 million.


Well, there's always the Yankees, isn't there? But Brett Gardner had a very good season and is much, much cheaper. Even the Yankees have their limits (we think). Of course, whenever you bring up the Yankees, you're obligated to bring up the Red Sox, and Crawford would certainly be a good fit there.

Boston could use him, especially if they lose Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre. How much would Kevin Youkilis love hitting with Crawford on base?

Then there's the Angels, who seem to be a player for every big free agent, but rarely land him. Crawford would be a perfect fit for a Mike Scioscia-managed team. He'd also thrive batting in front of Kendry Morales and Torii Hunter.

Crawford would also be a good fit with the Dodgers or Braves, but it's unlikely either has the money to get into a bidding war.

Carl Crawford The dark horse could be Detroit. The Tigers should have good pitching next season and need to improve the offense around Miguel Cabrera. With some money to spend, the Tigers could get into a bidding war and decide that Crawford is just the piece to put them over the edge.


The status quo seems to be with the Angels, and hey, it makes as much sense as anywhere else. Arte Moreno hasn't overspent for a player for a while, and the team need sot do something to return to the playoffs and compete with the Rangers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: May 11, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:06 am

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

This is difficult to say, as i am a life long Red Sox fan, but we all know the Yankees have to not want him in order for any one else to have a chance. The obvious bidders are there, Yanks, Sox, Halos, Rangers, and a few NL teams. In my ideal world the Rangers keep Lee and the Sox get Crawford, yet the surprise signing of Werth throws a wrench in the entire Free agent process, as i think the Sox liked Werth. I think his early departure re opens the Upton door. I also think because the Yankees loose the Lee deal they then trade gardner and a prospect for Grenkie and sign Crawford... Just a thought.
Would love to hear some responses. 

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2010 12:41 am

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

I honestly believe that Crawford is one hell of a player. One hell of an over priced player. Same with Beltre. My Christmas wish list is this, solidify our bullpen, extend Jered Weaver and Kendry Morales. If I were Tony Reagins, the first thing I look to is our bullpen. Sign Soriano, and either trade Rodney, or keep him as set-up for Soriano, and look at trades. Since Napoli seems to be in Scioscia's dog house, trade him. Maybe for an outfielder. Try to package the wastes of roster space we currently have, E.G. Wood, Rivera, Callaspo or Izturis. DFA Mathis since every GM now knows he sucks. Only time will tell if we're truly in the hunt for top tier free agents.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2010 12:40 pm

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford would be an excellent addition to the Halos, my only concern will be the cost/years necessary to sign him. And at the end of the day, if booston or the skanks get involved i'm worried that the bidding will become astronomical for his services. Still, he's the best option available for LF (especially considering how bad Abreu and Rivera were in LF last season) barring a trade. While Arte continues to say that he's willing to spend the money, given our track record acquiring top tier free agents, i'm not holding my breath. Ditto for Beltre. Beltre would be an immediate improvement over anybody we have at third base now, again, the concern is the cost/years it'll take to sign him too. Soriano is the one i'm really hoping we ink to a contract. Our biggest problem last season was our terrible bullpen. This is a signing that could be very important for the Angels. What good is Crawford's OBP, or Beltre's GG defense at 3rd base, if our bully comes in and gives up the lead after Bulger, Jepsen, Rodriguez, Kohn or Rodney can't find the strike zone?

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:19 am

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

If you think so little of Victor Martinez (hitting him behind the likes of Boesch/Raburn and Guillen/Peralta) then you would not want to sign him anyway.

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:51 am

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

NOOOOOO!!! We want him here in Minny!!!  Doubt we have he money though.  You can have Delmon Young and Jason Kubel for him.Smile

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2010 4:51 am

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

The man said multipule times his dream is to play in his hometown of Houstin,and since they got rid of Berkman and Oswalt the can spend the money it takes to get him,an some more on FA pitchers an a SS.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2010 10:19 pm

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

ok close but it is Miguel Cabrera not Miguel Ordonez. I mean really how did you mess that one up? Plus you have that batting order messed up a bit. I think it would be more like this if they do sign Crawford and Martinez.

CF Austin Jackson
2B Will Rhymes
LF Carl Crawford
1B Miguel Cabrera
RF Brennan Boesch / Ryan Raburn
DH Carlos GuillenSS Jhonny Peralta
C  Victor Martinez
3B Brandon Inge

Not a bad line up if Boesch can find that magic he had for the first part of the season last year. The top three of the order all have the ablity to steal some bases and that can distract a pitcher. Not a good thing for pitchers facing Miguel Cabrera. He was destroying last year without that much of a threat. Martinez might not be as good behind the plate as he once was but is a lot more dangerous batting than Avila. Guillen is still on the books for some big money and still can hit. So DH for him seems like a good fit for him. Gives the Tigers more pop in the line up than With Martinez DHing and Avila catching. As usual for the Tigers they will rotate a few guys in and out most games. I also don't think the Tigers have completely given up on bringing Magglio Ordonez back. If that happened he would hit third Crawford would go up to bat second and Rhymes would drop to the bottom of the order. With Boesch and Raburn rotating in to rest some of the older guys. That part doesn't sound to bad. Could use another Starting Pitcher. Verlander, Scherzer, Porcello are good but after that no one. Rumours are that Phil Coke might be bumped up to start but that is still only four. Need another top guy another top teir pitcher to make this a worthy rotation plus with Coke starting would need at least one more good bullpen arm if not two more.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:24 pm

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

Miguel Ordonez?  How about Miguel Cabrera!  Laughing

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2010 1:43 am

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

I have had the pleasure of watching Mr. Crawfordplay for ten years in Tampa and wherever he goes, whatever he gets paid, he will be worth every penny and the fans who get to see what real class this man embodies.  Mr. Crawford, my favorite ballplayer to watch was always Willie Mays.  You may not have his numbers but I place you in the same class.  I will truly miss himm on our team here in Tampa.  I hope the fans understand how special you are wherever you land because Tampa will always love you.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:19 am

Hot Stove League profile: Carl Crawford

Crawford aint going to no Tigers: write that down.  Angels, Sox, maybe Texas.

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