Cliff Lee stuff of the day, plus Crawford… *UPDATED*

There’s no panic here. There’s an appreciation for what the Sox have done, but there’s no panic here. Not as far as you know, at least.

Let’s kick this off, from Jon Heyman (via Twitter):

#yankees have just gone to a 7th year for cliff lee. werth and crawford getting 7, its only right. lee is the best player on market

This is getting ridiculous. And only getting ridiculouser.

By the way, great quote from fellow Yankee fan Stefmara (via Twitter):

#RedSox signed Crawford for a bunch of money huh? So sox fans…what’s that you say about #Yankees trying to buy championships???

And then there’s this doozy from NYaT (via Twitter):

The scariest part of Crawford signing? Cervelli/Montero/Posada trying to throw him out. Praying one of them learns to throw out baserunners

More to come, fo’ sho’ Continue reading Cliff Lee stuff of the day, plus Crawford… *UPDATED*

Crawford to Beantown

The arch-rival Red Sox have struck again! This time they landed speedy Carl Crawford with a generous seven-year, $142M pact. As a point of comparison, this contract matches Jayson Werth’s signing in years and exceeds it by $16M. As noted by Ian Browne, “Crawford’s average annual value of $20,285,714 will also be the 10th highest in history. And his average annual value will trail only Ramirez all time in terms of outfielders. [Manny] Ramirez had a two-year, $45 million from the Dodgers.” I think this is an important point given that they are looking to reward Adrian Gonzalez with something Continue reading Crawford to Beantown

Some preliminary statistical notes on Crawford to the Red Sox

Matt’s working on a Carl Crawford post of his own, but in the interim I’d like to weigh in with a couple of notes on Crawford’s 7-year, $142 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. – For starters, while Carl Crawford is an admittedly dynamic and exciting player, we’re also talking about a hitter with a career .347 wOBA, and who is coming off a career-high .378 mark. Of course, with a player like Crawford one also has to factor in his defense, which is where he derives a significant amount of his value. Is Crawford worth $20.3 million per Continue reading Some preliminary statistical notes on Crawford to the Red Sox

Crawford is a RedSox; AL East is absurd

The AL East is absolutely insane. Kudos to the RedSox for a well-played move and better-executed plan. First they deal for Adrian Gonzalez to boost their infield and now they have struck fast and furiously, adding stud Carl Crawford on a seven year, $142 million deal:

A team that has often complained about the spending habits of the New York Yankees, who two years ago swooped in and outbid Boston for Mark Teixeira, has abandoned fiscal restraint by making Crawford the first player in Red Sox history with a contract with an average annual value in excess of $20 million.

Great move. Great player,” said Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, for whom signing free-agent left-hander Cliff Lee now takes on even greater urgency. “Boston’s got the money and they had a need.”

Indeed. Though, putting a thoroughbred like Crawford in a short leftfield seems a bit, um, wasted. He can play virtually behind the shortstop with his speed. Regardless, adding two top notch players (and people) like Crawford and Gonzalez makes this team the class of the league, even if Brien thinks it was a panic move. Boston has improved offensively and defensively… expensively. Evil Empire II, for sure.

Your move, Cashman. Adding Cliff Lee to the Yanks, if it happens, won’t leap the Yanks ahead. Going to be a very entertaining 2011 and beyond.

Baltimore got Reynolds and the team is improving. Rays will still be competitive with their rotation. And no one here is counting out Toronto. The gauntlet, indeed. Continue reading Crawford is a RedSox; AL East is absurd

Red Sox Land Crawford

According to Pete Abe, it’s a 7 year, $142 million deal. That’s the single largest contract ever given to an outfielder.

Honestly, Boston is panicking at this point. After trading away 3 top prospects and a PTBNL to get Adrian Gonzalez a year earlier, they’ve now made a career .296/.337/.444 hitter the richest outfielder in history. Crawford’s value, of course, comes from his speed and his defense. At 29 years old, the former is going to decrease a wee bit at some point in the next seven years, and as a left fielder, the value of the latter will be reduced by playing half of his games in Fenway Park.

Don’t get me wrong, the Red Sox are going to be a formidable team in 2011; but they’re taking out a big mortgage on their future to do so. Continue reading Red Sox Land Crawford

Girardi-No Plan B after Lee

On the heels of the Red Sox (or as Jon Heyman now calls them, the ‘Best team in Baseball’) signing Carl Crawford, there is a palpable sense of panic among the sports media on behalf of the Yankees. You couldn’t by tell listening to their GM making the media rounds this past week, Brian Cashman is his usual, monotone self. But the Red Sox acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford have catapulted them to being at least on par with the Yanks heading into next season, maybe slightly ahead in the eyes of some observers. Some of us in Continue reading Girardi-No Plan B after Lee

Sox Surprisingly Sign Speedster

In a display of ninja-like stealth that would make even Brian Cashman proud, the Boston Red Sox made a big acquisition today.  Our old friend Peter Abraham broke the news, reporting that the Sawx have signed Rays OF Carl Crawford to a 7-year 142 million dollar contract.  This is a big signing for Boston, and somewhat of a surprise, as I’m sure many people were expecting Boston to be done with handing out big paychecks after acquiring Adrian Gonzalez (and his reported Teixeira-esque extension demands). Crawford will be a nice addition to the Boston lineup, likely hitting in the 2-hole Continue reading Sox Surprisingly Sign Speedster