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The Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $142MM deal with Carl Crawford, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.
I’m so excited for this move. Crawford is one of my favorite players and he was the #1 off-season acquisition I was hoping for in Boston. With him and Gonzalez, the Sox have really revamped the middle of their line up.
really revamped the middle of their lineup? are you shitting me? first off, paying 20 million dollars a year for some steals is fucking retarded. even with his speed, he’s never had 200 hits in a season. he’s never had an OBP over .360. never hit 20 home runs. he’s only hit over .300 a few times. the good thing is he plays every day, and he’s a veteran and still a great player despite all my hating.
still think they overpaid, and i think Brett Gardner’s numbers will be in the same ballpark as his this year
It’s true that Crawford doesn’t hit homeruns. I expect him to get a couple over 20 this year at Fenway. Which would be a career best. But I don’t care about home runs that much. I care about run production. Crawford will come close to 100 runs, 100 rbi this year (110, 90 last year). I like Gardener a lot but he had 47 rbi last year and will probably do the same this year (97, 47 last year). He’s not a bad player, driving in runs just isn’t his goal. It’s not really fair to you to compare the two. They bat at different spots in the lineup. It would make more sense to compare him to Ellsbury. His last full year was similar to Gardener’s, well except he stole 23 more babes, drove in more runs and struck out less.
Plus, last year only two players on the Giants hit over 20 HRs, Huff (26) and Uribe (24) and that worked out pretty well. In all fairness, Posey didn’t play a full season. He will get over over 20 next year.
20 mil a year is a lot. I agree. But he’s going to put up better numbers than Werth and Jeter and they signed 18 & 17 mil a year contracts.
When it comes to revamping middle of their line-up. I should have said their whole line-up. Here’s what I wrote to someone else on my own blog.
“haha. I’m excited as anyone but we both know that nothing is guaranteed.
They will clearly be much better than last year though. Their 1-5 hitters weren’t even in the lineup last year. Ellsbury was hurt the whole year he will be put at the top of the lineup. Pedroia missed the second half of the year, Crawford was with TB, Gonzo was with SD, Youk was hurt. So addind those bats will make a huge difference. Yeah, they lost Beltre (who is always a contract year player), and V-Mart, but Gonzo alone makes up for over 60% of their production. Now in Fenway he will mash. The other 4 guys in the top of the line-up will far surpass what they’ve lost.
Last year the outfield was Danrell Macdonald (a minor league free agent), Daniel Nava (they bought his contract from and indy team for $1), and Drew. This year it will be Crawford, Ellsbury, and Drew. SS, DH and RF are the only positions that aren’t changing. All other positions have upgraded except for catcher. I still expect them to bring someone in. It won’t be as good as V-Mart, but could be serviceable.
The rotation is one of the best in baseball. The bullpen has holes, but there are a ton of solid FA relievers that can fill the void.
With all these moves, the Sox payroll is still lower than last year, and lower than the luxury tax.
So yeah, I’d say the Sox are one of the favorites, but they are still 1/1a with the Yanks even without Lee (I think they will sign him too). If the Rangers get Lee, That’s another competitor that will have a great team in the AL.
Man, I love baseball!”
What I didn’t mention was that the Sox ranked last in the American League in outfield batting average (.245), second-to-last in OBP (.317) and third to last in OPS (.729). Crawford, meanwhile, hit .307/.356/.495/.851 with 19 homers, 90 RBI and 47 steals. So it’s helping their weakness. With all those OF deficiencies the Sox still won 89 games.
In addition, for a guy with no power, he still managed to slug a higher % than Mark Teixeira last year.
So maybe you can argue that they overpaid. I guess only time will tell on that one, you can’t deny that their greatly improved over last year.
OK. I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about the Sox so I’m going to go read up on other teams off-seasons.