Crawford Signs with Red Sox

  • December 9, 2010, 12:38 AM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox struck again at the winter meetings, reaching agreement with outfielder Carl Crawford on a seven-year, $142 million contract,'s Jon Heyman has confirmed. 

The agreement, which includes a partial no-trade clause, is subject to Crawford passing a physical.

Crawford's deal was first reported by The Boston Globe on its Web site.

A four-time All-Star and a first-time Gold Glove winner this year, Crawford hit .307 this year for Tampa Bay and set career highs with 19 homers and 90 RBIs. A four-time stolen base champion, he also swiped 47 bases and led the AL with 13 triples.

Crawford joins a powerful lineup that already includes designated hitter David Ortiz and newly acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and helps fill some of the production lost by the departure of catcher Victor Martinez and possible departure of Adrian Beltre. Crawford figures to play left field in an outfield that projects to have Mike Cameron or Jacoby Ellsbury in center and J.D. Drew in right.

With Crawford and Gonzalez, the Red Sox hope to replicate the power threat they had when Ortiz and Manny Ramirez helped them win World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Crawford batted .324 last season at Fenway Park.

The Los Angeles Angels had been considered the front-runner to land Crawford, and Yankees GM Brain Cashman met with him on Tuesday night.

The average annual value of Crawford's contract, $20,285,714, is the seventh highest among current players, trailing only those of Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million), Ryan Howard's deal that starts in 2012 ($25 million), CC Sabathia and Joe Mauer ($23 million), Johan Santana ($22,916,667) and Mark Teixeira ($22.5 million).

It is the 10th-largest contract in baseball history behind Alex Rodriguez's $275 million and $252 million deals, and agreements for Derek Jeter ($189 million), Mauer ($184 million), Teixeira ($180 million), Sabathia ($161 million), Manny Ramirez ($160 million), Troy Tulowitzki ($157.75 million) and Miguel Cabrera ($152.3 million).

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report

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Carl Crawford is one of the top 10 position players in baseball. .307 average, 110 runs, 184 hits, 19 home runs, 90 RBI, 47 stolen bases, plus a Gold Glove, he is a true five-tool talent.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO We Are Loaded Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Crawford, to the Red Sox, thats a bummer. he should have stayed with the rays and taken the lower salary, it's terrible that players get traded just so they can get more $ they need to be loyal to their team, like Jeter and Mauer are.

The Rays still have Evan Longoria, David Price, and really good relief pitchers.

I agree that losing Crawford was huge I was just saying that they still have some good talent that could keep them competitive. I do agree though that they won't be a big time contender this season without him.

BasketballJaguar18, The rays will really struggle this year. Crawford and Pena accounted for 47 HRs and 174 RBIs this past year. Together, they made up nearly 30% of the teams homeruns last year and almost 23% percent of the teams runs batted in. If you don't understand the significance of these numbers, here is another analogy. Without Pena's and Crawford's production last year, The Rays would have gone from 6th in the AL in HRs to 3rd to worst, beating only the Athletics and Mariners. They also would have fallen from 3rd in RBIs in the AL to 3rd to worst in the AL in RBIs, only better than the Oriles and Mariners. The Rays also had the 2nd to worst batting average in the league last year at .247 only beating the Mariners, and now they are losing their highest batting average at .307 in Crawford. The loss of these two players takes away tons of the Rays production and leaves them with little money to sign new players. I think Tampa will have a few bad seasons before they are back in the playoffs, especially with the Red Sox upgrading.

Boston is going to be awesome this year GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOXXXXXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Red Sox look scary this year. Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez are awesome, so I hope they knock the Yankees out of the playoffs.

Yanks really need Cliff, or else the Yanks will suck against Gonzolez and Crawford.

This could be the key to them winning the world series but what will happen to Elsbury.

the Rays are not contenders without Carl Crawford

Red Sox????????

Carl Crawford a Red Sock for 7 more years this is legit. Him and gonzo are going to pone everyone in the AL East including the Yankees. Title #8 going to be in boston a year from now.

True, but everyone said that about the Miami Heat also.

I was hoping CC would stick with the Rays.

Me too. Or at least sign with a team other than the Red Sox.

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