The top position player free agent has signed a 7-year deal with the Red Sox worth over $20 million per year. Does this make the Red Sox the favorites in the AL East or are they still looking up at the Yankees and Rays? Also, does this mean the Yankees will bid way over the market price for Cliff Lee?
This signing, much like the Werth signing on Sunday, kind of came out of nowhere.
It seems like an odd choice for me since Crawford's main attributes (speed and defense) are limited playing in front of The Green Monster.
However, with a lineup of Crawford, Pedroia, Gonzalez, Youkilis and Ortiz, it would be hard to bet against Boston in the AL East.
Crawford actually doesn't have to play in front of the Green Monster. They can switch him to the other side of Ellsbury. I am not sure about J.D. Drew's ability to play a full year.
Don't get me wrong, J.D.Drew has been consistently hit 20 homers every season, but has been limited in playing time due to other issues.
I agree with Crawford as a leadoff hitter, Boston lineup is dangerous.
The Redsox will have three sixteen game winning pitchers in 2011; they will also have three gold glove winners. They will break all kinds of records and win the world series.
The 2010 Yankees had a 21 and 18 game winner, and another pitcher who was 12-3. They also had the best closer in the game, 3 Gold Glove winners, and one of the best lineups in baseball. They didn't make it to the World Series. One or two key injuries can destroy an otherwise great team.
I'm not that high on Crawford... I don't think he's a difference maker. Seems the free agent market was so weak this year that average guys are getting ridiculous money (see Jason Werth).
I think Yankees are still the favorites in the AL East and the AL for that matter now they have Cliff Lee (they just upped their offer to 7 years).
I agree, the free agent market was weak. Crawford is only a .350 on-base percentage guy, which is pretty low when his biggest asset is being getting on base and causing havoc on the basepaths. One big positive for Boston is that they won't have to play against Crawford anymore. Boston catchers are terrible at throwing out runners, and nobody took advantage of that more than Crawford. Two years ago he stole 6 bases in one game against the Red Sox. The big question now for the grounds crew is whether or not they should soak the infield dirt to slow down opponents or keep it dry for Crawford and Ellsbury.
I think it is a good signing. He is a small ball player with a little bit of power and a whole lot of speed. That speed is in the outfield and on the base path.
Overall, a good pickup, but worth $20 per year? No. Nothing more than $10 really, but the Free Agent Market is out of control on salaries and will top out eventually, because it can only go so high.
With the way the Orioles finished last season, the Blue Jays could be the odd man out in an AL East that once again looks like it will be the strongest division in baseball. If the Blue Jays fail to rekindle that home run power that seemed to come out of nowhere last season, they might end up with the worst record in baseball.
Agreed. I thought Toronto might compete this season and maybe even make a trade for Prince Fielder considering their pitching depth, but instead they traded their best or second best pitcher to the Brewers for a prospect that is at least another season away from even cracking the club, let alone putting up big numbers.
I do think they will finish ahead of the Orioles though, as I still like their pitching staff much more.
by matsplat156 years ago
do you think that matsui would be a good fit in the redsox lineup
by RT97 years ago
At the start of today the Sox were 5.5 games back from the Yankees. Will New York be able to hold them off?
by 10aeinhorn5 years ago
The Red Sox and Phillies are the two most hyped teams for this season. Let me hear some opinions on how they will do this season.
by Steven Escareno5 years ago
Well on ESPN, it was discussed that the possibility behind the Red Sox's collapse was because of lack of team chemistry, obviously. However, one analyst cited that it seems like since the Red Sox won their first...
by bogerk5 years ago
I just finished publishing my predictions for the American League in 2011:http://hubpages.com/hub/2011-MLB-Predic … can-LeagueAL East:Boston Red SoxAL Central:Minnesota TwinsAL West:Texas RangersAL MVP:Adrian...
by B4UPLAYBALL8 years ago
you think the Red Sox are becoming the new "Evii Empire"?There payroll is up there with the Yankees and they don't seem to lose anymore!
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