Today the Boston Red Sox added to their free agent signing list by signing Tampa Bay Outfielder Carl Crawford. This comes roughly 5 days after signing Adrian Gonzalez, former Padre.
The Red Sox gave him an even bigger contract than Gonzalez. The final deal was 7 years worth $ 142 million.
Crawford is totally deserving of this money due to what he produces on the field. Even though his time with the Rays only lasted in 2 playoff runs, Crawford led the team almost every year.
This year he batted .307 with 19 Home Runs and 90 RBI's. Those are all stats that are in the top half of the league especially the ERA which was 9th in the American League. He also had 110 Runs which were 4th in the majors and had 47 steals which were 3rd best.
He was awarded a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove award this year, which was his best in the majors. As well as 2009 All Star Game honors a year ago, Crawford's game has been improving every year.
Known for his speed, fielding, and hard work I'm sure the Red Sox will not regret this deal. He also is only 29 years old, and for a baseball player that is baby with most players now a days playing into their 40's
With all of this being said i will now say that i believe Cliff Lee will be a Yankee. The Red Sox probably do not have the money to fund another all star who will probably get more money than Crawford and Gonzalez. Also in other MLB Off Season news, the Orioles have acquired another good player in Shortstop JJ Hardy. Also the Yankees have offered Cliff Lee a 7 year contract, but the money is not known. More updates to come