As we all know, Carl Crawford is a
free agent after the World Series. It seems that the chances of him re-signing
with Tampa is slim to none. So, I’m going to do what I do best, speculate.
Crawford is going to want big money
in his next contract which narrows is down to the following teams: Yankees, Red
Sox, Cubs, Phillies, Mets, Tigers, White Sox, Mariners, Angels, Giants, A’s,
Dodgers, and Twins.
Next, he will want to play left
field, this narrows it down to the Red Sox, Cubs, Phillies, Tigers, White Sox,
Mariners, Angels, Giants, A’s, Dodgers, and Twins.
He will want to bat at the top of the
order, which narrows it down to the Red Sox, Cubs, Tigers, White Sox, Angels,
A’s, Giants, and Twins.
I think these seven teams are going
to be the ones who make the big runs at him. I know that he lives on the west coast,
which might give the Angels, A’s, and Giants a bit of an advantage. I also feel
that the White Sox will start to lose interest as they focus more on Adam Dunn.
Pros: Fast, Run Producer, Will Steal
40-70 Bases, Will Hit 15-20 Homeruns, Top of the Order Type Batter, Great
Defense (.991 career fielding %)
Cons: Injury, the turf in Tampa may
have taken a toll on his knees. Beware if signed to a long contract.
Verdict: Do not sign him to an 8 year
deal. A 3-5 year contract with mutual options are great. He is a great player
but the knees scare me and I don’t think you will have the same great player in
Prediction: I think he will sign a 7
year deal with the Angels worth about $17MM per year. Perhaps a mutual option
for an 8th year if he has 500 plate appearances.