Tag:Carl Crawford
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:57 pm

Crawford has wrist surgery, may miss Opening Day

Carl Crawford underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters today (via Rob Bradford of WEEI.com). Cherington said that while Crawford could miss the start of the season, the Red Sox haven't ruled out the possibility that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

According to Cherington, Crawford began experiencing soreness in the wrist when he increased his hitting activity within the last few weeks.

Crawford had a terrible first season with the Red Sox, after signing a seven-year, $142 million contract as a free agent.
Category: MLB
Posted on: November 3, 2011 5:42 pm

The perfect fit for Tigers? It's Reyes

The free agent who fit the Tigers best last winter was Victor Martinez. They got him.

The trade target who fit the Tigers best this summer was Doug Fister. They got him.

And the free agent who fits the Tigers best this winter, without a doubt, is Jose Reyes.

Will they even pursue him?

The topic is certain to come up when the Tigers hold their organizational meetings next week, and it's one that could have a big impact on their future and also that of other teams. And the answer may come down to whether owner Mike Ilitch is prepared to tell his baseball people to look past the budget, as he has so many times before.

In a meeting with local media this week, general manager Dave Dombrowski played down the possibility of signing a shortstop and moving Jhonny Peralta to third base. Dombrowski suggested that the Tigers would search instead for a second baseman and probably a third baseman.

Perhaps they will, but they won't find a Reyes available at either spot.

And for a team that badly needs to add speed, and would be helped by having a true leadoff hitter who would push Austin Jackson to the bottom of the batting order, Reyes could be the difference-maker.

Not only that, but Tigers people say that the opposing player who made the biggest impression on them this season was Reyes, when he went 8-for-13 with two doubles and a triple in an interleague series at Comerica Park in June.

Now, can they afford him?

Under their current budget, they probably can't. The Tigers have two $20 million a year players signed to long-term deals (Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera), and worry about adding a third player who could command $15-20 million a year. Also, they worry about giving a long-term contract to a player dependent on his legs (which is why they shied away from Carl Crawford last winter).

But Tigers people always remind you that the owner has the final say, and also that Ilitch is never afraid to spend big for a player who could put them over the top. In every big signing the Tigers have made (and even some of the smaller ones), Ilitch was the driving force.

Will he see Reyes as a similar difference-maker?

That's a great question. But don't be surprised if he does.

Two more things to think about, one regarding Reyes, one regarding the Tigers.

The Giants are another team where Reyes would seem to be a perfect fit, but the word in baseball is that at this point, they are unlikely to pursue him (or to pursue free-agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins, either).

The Giants' budget is tighter than the Tigers', and their ownership is believed to be less likely to bust that budget. After committing money to keep the pitching staff together for another year, it's believed that the Giants have just about $10 million to spend for 2012, and that they intend to spend the bulk of it on a center fielder (very possibly Coco Crisp).

As for the Tigers, here's another thought: What if the Red Sox decide that Crawford just isn't a good fit in Boston, and are willing to eat some of the contract in order to trade him?

Crawford could take Delmon Young's spot in Comerica Park's spacious left field, and would give the Tigers much-needed speed.

Crawford, though, has never liked batting leadoff. Reyes loves hitting there.

Reyes is the better fit for the Tigers -- but only if Ilitch decides to make the money fit.

Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 8:18 pm

A few names on waivers, and what it means

The Red Sox put Carl Crawford on trade waivers Wednesday, which means nothing.

The Reds put Ramon Hernandez on the wire, which could be more interesting.

The White Sox put John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Paul Konerko and Matt Thornton on, which may or may not mean anything.

The waiver process is theoretically secret and absolutely prone to misunderstanding and misinterpretation.

Dozens of players are placed on waivers every day during August. Quite a few are claimed. Very few are traded.

Does it mean anything that the Rockies were awarded a claim on Wandy Rodriguez, or that the Giants were reportedly awarded a claim on Heath Bell?

Possibly. Or it could turn out meaning absolutely nothing.

Here's an attempt to explain to make a strange and complicated process a little simpler:

1. After 4 p.m. ET on July 31, players can't be traded without waivers until after the end of the season.

2. During August, teams routinely place nearly every player on waivers. Some they'd love to trade. Some they wouldn't trade under any circumstances. Sometimes they want to gauge interest. Sometimes they put players they're obviously not going to trade (Crawford, for example) on the wire to disguise which players they don't want to see get claimed. Sometimes they want a player to clear, sometimes they'd rather he get claimed.

3. If no team claims a player, he is said to have cleared waivers and then can be traded without restriction.

4. If one team claims a player, the team that put the players on waivers has three options. It can work out a deal with the claiming team, or simply allow the claim to go through, or pull the player back off waivers. If he is pulled back, he is basically untradeable for the rest of the season. Teams sometimes allow claims to go through because they want to be rid of the contract, as happened when the White Sox got Alex Rios from the White Sox.

5. If multiple teams put in a claim, the claim is awarded to the team that was lowest in the standings on the day the player went on waivers. If the teams have the same record, then the tie-breaker is which team finished lower in the standings last year. Then the process is the same as above, with the team having three options.

6. Teams sometimes put in claims in an effort to "block" players from going to teams ahead of them in the standings. The risk is that the claim can go through and the team ends up with the player. But sometimes that even works out, as it did when the Giants "blocked" Cody Ross from going to the Padres last year.

7. The process is theoretically secret, with massive fines threatened for revealing any information. That's why no one is ever quoted on the record until a deal is done, and also why information leaks out in bits and pieces, if at all.

According to sources, the Rockies were awarded the claim on Rodriguez, and the teams have until 1 p.m. Thursday to work out a deal. But as of Wednesday night, it appeared those talks were basically dead, because the Astros put a considerably higher value on Rodriguez than the Rockies do (and weren't simply interested in dumping his large contract).

Also, according to sources, the Giants were awarded the claim on Bell. Those teams have until 1 p.m. Friday to work out a deal, and just as with Rodriguez, sources were suggesting that a deal is unlikely.

Jon Heyman of SI.com reported that the Yankees were awarded a claim on Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena. Those teams also have until 1 p.m. Friday to work out a deal.

Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 6:35 pm

At 0-6, Crawford moves again

BOSTON -- In his last seven years with the Rays, Carl Crawford hit in three different lineup spots.

In his first seven games with the Red Sox, he's been in four different spots.

Welcome to Boston, Carl. And welcome to 0-6.

In his latest effort to get a first win, Red Sox manager Terry Francona moved Crawford to the leadoff spot for Friday's home opener against the Yankees. Francona said he made the move because he wanted to bat Adrian Gonzalez third, so that Gonzalez will come to the plate in the first inning.

Francona said he discussed the move with Crawford on Thursday's flight back from Cleveland. He said Crawford told him he'd do whatever the Red Sox wanted, and more importantly Francona said he believed that Crawford meant that.

Crawford said the same thing himself after Friday's 9-6 Red Sox win. He went 0-for-5 in the game, dropping his Red Sox average to .143.

In the past, Crawford has preferred not to lead off. He last batted leadoff in April 2007, and the Rays lost the last four (and 11 of the last 14) games when he hit there. For his career, Crawford has just a .323 on-base percentage in games where he has led off.

Crawford began his Red Sox career batting third, with Gonzalez behind him. Francona dropped him to seventh in the third game of the year, then batted him second for the three games in Cleveland.

Crawford went 4-for-23 in the first six games of the season.

"Obviously, we're trying to settle in," Francona said. "We need to try to win some games."

The Red Sox also made two roster moves Friday morning, putting Matt Albers on the disabled list with a strained right lat and designating Dennys Reyes for assignment. Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront took the two open spots in the bullpen.

Posted on: January 21, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2011 9:36 pm

Angels needed to act, but . . .

Remember when I said the Angels had to do something big, that they had to land someone big, that if they didn't get Carl Crawford and they didn't get Adrian Beltre, they had to get someone big?

Maybe I was wrong.

The Angels just got someone big, someone who hit 31 home runs last year, someone who has been on the All-Star team three times. After a winter in which the Angels seemed to fear every big contract, the Angels just got someone with one of the biggest contracts in the game.

And it's hard to get away from the thought that they were better off when they were doing nothing.

Now they've traded Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli to the Blue Jays for Vernon Wells, and the question people in baseball were asking Friday night was, "Why?" Or, more accurately, "WHY????"

Wells was once a good player, but he's now 32 years old and still has four years and $86 million remaining on a contract that until Friday was considered one of the most untradeable in the game. And the Angels, incredibly, took on the entire $86 million (although they'll save about $11 million on Rivera and Napoli).

The Angels are obviously convinced that Wells' 2010 season (31 home runs, an .847 OPS and stunning home-road splits) is the sign of a mid-career bounceback, and maybe a sign that Wells' earlier problems were a result of a wrist problem (see colleague Scott Miller's column from last May).

But what if it isn't?

Any big free agent is a risk. Any big trade is a risk. But as Scott said when I told him of the trade Friday night, this one feels like a slugger who has been striking out all night and goes up in the late innings and just swings wildly for the fences.

Maybe the Angels hit a home run with Wells. Just as likely, it's just another strikeout -- and a hugely expensive strikeout, at that.

Crawford would have been a risk, too, but he would have helped change an Angels offense that has gotten older and less athletic as the years have gone on. Wells, who is 32 and signed through 2014, does none of that.

He gives the Angels a guy who once led the league with 49 doubles -- but that was eight years ago, when he was 24. He gives a guy who has three 100-RBI seasons -- but the last of those was five years ago, when he was 27.

He's a big name, and the Angels will have an easier time saying they've made a splash with this move (unlike in December, when general manager Tony Reagins said he'd made one by signing middle reliever Hisanori Takahashi).

But it's hard to get away from the thought that this splash will hit them right between the eyes.

Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:42 pm

Rangers get Beltre, Angels get...more talk?

So Adrian Beltre is headed for Texas . Anyone want to hear what Arte Moreno has to say now?

I don't.

It doesn't really matter what the Angels owner says now, does it? It doesn't matter if he says again that he's going to spend whatever it takes to put the Angels back in the playoffs (that was October ). It doesn't matter whether he says that he couldn't sign Carl Crawford because he would have had to raise ticket prices, but that he had made "what we believe is a significant offer" to Beltre (that was December ).

It doesn't matter now, because Crawford is in Boston, and Beltre's deal is all but done in Texas.

It doesn't matter, because now not only have the Angels shown they're not prepared to compete financially with the big boys, but they've shown they can't even compete financially with the big boys in their own division.

There's still more than a month to go to spring training, which means that theoretically there's still time for the Angels to salvage their winter. But while there's still time, the shelves are now bare.

Beltre was the last significant position-player free agent on the market. The top pitchers still available, closer Rafael Soriano and starter Carl Pavano, are not high-impact guys (and Pavano doesn't fit the Angels, anyway).

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times suggested that the Angels' next move could be a reunion with Vladimir Guerrero, the designated hitter they discarded last year because they thought he was too old. He'll be 36 by spring training.

Guerrero had a bounceback year with the Rangers, but there's little question that the Rangers are better off with Beltre at third base and Michael Young as the designated hitter. Beltre improves them defensively, and he could be an offensive upgrade as well (although Guerrero did drive in 115 runs).

For the Rangers, Beltre is a nice consolation prize, after they tried and failed to re-sign Cliff Lee. By signing him, the Rangers improve their team, but also prove to an newly energized fan base that they plan to compete in the winter as well as they did in the summer.

That's more bad news for the Angels, who for so long considered the American League West to be theirs.

With Kendry Morales coming back from the injury that cost him much of the 2010 season (and cost the Angels their best chance to compete), the Angels could have been division favorites had they signed Crawford, or even Beltre.

They're still not a bad team, but all the momentum in the West now belongs to the Rangers. Even the A's -- and remember, they finished ahead of the Angels last year, too -- have gotten a little bit better this winter.

The Angels?

They've signed Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi. And their owner has done a lot of talking.

Maybe he'll give another interview this week.

Unless it's to announce a big-time move (and at this point, what could that be?), I don't care.

Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:28 pm

Understanding Arte and the Angels

A few days after the Angels ended their disappointing season at 80-82, owner Arte Moreno told the Los Angeles Times that he was angry enough to take action.

"We know where our weaknesses are, we know where we are thin, we know where we have to go to market," Moreno said to columnist Bill Plaschke. "It's going to cost money, but our fans need to know what we're committed to winning."

Today, Moreno told the Times that the Angels never actually made an offer to Carl Crawford, because the price was too high (Crawford signed with the Red Sox for seven years and $142 million), because the agents never really gave the Angels a chance and because he didn't want to raise ticket prices.

Plaschke reported in October that Moreno was vowing to "spend whatever it took to return his team to the playoffs."

And now in December, Moreno explains the Angels' lack of a big offseason move (so far) by talking about "smart business."

He said that the Angels have now made "what we believe is a significant offer" for free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Maybe they'll sign Beltre. Maybe they'll even sign Rafael Soriano, too.

But the fact of the matter is that for yet another winter, the Angels lost out on the player that they themselves had identified as their top target (in this case, Crawford).

I guess it's "smart business" to sound as disappointed and angry as your fans are. And maybe it's "smart business" to stay away from some of this winter's free spending.

But I'll also say now what I said when the Winter Meetings ended a week ago in Orlando: If the Angels want to compete with the big boys of the American League come October, they're going to need to find a way to compete with them in the winter, too.

And if Moreno wants to talk about how committed to winning he really is, at some point he's going to need to step up and prove it.
Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:45 am

With C.C. in Boston, is Magglio back in Detroit?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Carl Crawford deal wasn't good news for the Yankees or the Angels.

It may well have been good news for the Tigers.

The reason is simple. The Tigers badly want to re-sign Magglio Ordonez, and until the Red Sox agreed to terms with Crawford on a seven-year, $142 million deal, they were considered a threat to take Ordonez away.

In fact, as recently as Wednesday afternoon, one baseball official familiar with Boston's plans said the Sox were focused on Ordonez. Obviously, that focus changed by Wednesday night.

While the Tigers want Ordonez back, club officials maintain that they don't want him on anything more than a one-year contract. The Tigers remain concerned about Ordonez's health, and particularly the right ankle he fractured in August.

Ordonez worked out for the Tigers on Wednesday, and agent Scott Boras insisted that the ankle should not be an issue.

"He's 100 percent," Boras said. "He's ready to go."

Boras suggested that there's a large market for Ordonez, and while he didn't name any teams, sources said that the Red Sox, Phillies and Orioles have all been involved, to some extent.

But the Orioles have dropped out, the Red Sox now have Crawford, and multiple club officials familiar with the Phillies said they are not focused on Ordonez and intend instead to spend lightly on a right-handed hitting outfielder who can platoon with the left-handed hitting Domonic Brown.

Some people have suggested that the Rangers could become involved with Ordonez, but officials familiar with their plans say they have little interest, and that they're focused instead on bringing back Vladimir Guerrero to be their designated hitter.
While it's possible other teams could emerge, it all points right now to Ordonez returning to the Tigers, something he probably wouldn't mind and something they definitely would like.

And while the Red Sox are drooling over a batting order that will include Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz, the Tigers are dreaming of a middle of the order that includes Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
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