Red Sox Sign Yankees Plan B Carl Crawford

Via Peter Abraham of the Journal News Boston Globe:

Source: The Red Sox have a seven-year, $142 million deal done with Carl Crawford.

This makes things potentially very rough for the Yankees. For one, the Angels had Crawford as their no. 1 target and now may turn their attention to Cliff Lee. Two, this just makes the Red Sox a damn good team. I’ll have more in the morning, but this is clearly a big deal.

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3 Responses to Red Sox Sign Yankees Plan B Carl Crawford

  1. Mike S. says:

    Woke up to this news (didn't know when I went to bed). Ugh.

    As written elsewhere, Ellsbury, Pedroia, Crawford, A-Gonz, Youk, Ortiz, Drew, whoever their catcher will be (Salty? aging varitek? Will they try to get Martin?), Scutaro.

    Then the rotation, which if healthy is good. Dice-K, Beckett, Lackey, Laptops, Lester…with the 44 year old Wakefield in reserve.

    They'll be back. Ironic how they won 89 and missed the playoffs and are coming up big this offseason. In 2008, the yanks won (you guessed it, 89) and missed the playoffs. Then the big haul and a WS championship in 2009. Yankees fans hope history doesn't repeat itself, otherwise November 2011 will see a parade where we really don't want one.

    Yes, I wonder if Angels now turn to Lee. Having missed on on Crawford, and needing to upgrade offensively, I really see the Halos now going after Beltre.

    But this makes the Yankees getting Lee even more of a necessity, especially with the uncertain state of Pettitte's return.

    • Mike S. says:

      Ellsbury and Crawford there at the top. Some speed. I'm sure Francona wants to test the Yankees catcher (whoever it may turn out to be) right now.

      • Mike S. says:

        Good point made by Murti in a tweet today. Lefty bats added by Boston also makes getting a lefty reliever more imperative to Yanks. Yanks to now attack Feliciano harder? Would they now consider Downs?

        How much has the free agent game changed?