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MLB: How Does Crawford's Red Sox Deal Impact Pujols?

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C'mon, admit it, who wasn't surprised to wake up and find that the Boston Red Sox signed Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million contract. The money wasn't the surprising part. After the Nationals signed Jayson Werth for seven years and $126 million, you knew that Crawford would get more.

The fact that the Red Sox were the ones to sign him after landing Adrian Gonzalez knowing that they will have to give him an extension of even more than that was the surprising part. And now we find out the even more shocking fact that according to Ken Rosenthal from Fox Sports and confirmed by NESN the Red Sox are one of the two mystery teams offering Cliff Lee a seventh year!

What's with the seven year thing? Is that the new fad? Am I the only one who thinks that the length of these deals (if not the annual salaries themselves) are a bit excessive? These aren't kids that are being signed to seven year contracts. Carl Crawford will be 36 years old when this deal is over, Jayson Werth will be 39, and Cliff Lee will be 39 as well; and the guy had a bad back mid season as a 31 year old!!! Who can these teams possibly get performance from these contracts seven years from now? Seven years from now these guys may not be worth of playing on beer league softball teams!

So here we are with a few major questions front and center that still have to be answered.

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1) When the Red Sox make a move like this, it practically obligates the Yankees to answer right (or at least that's the way they view it.) The Red Sox have now landed Gonzalez and Crawford, so what extraordinary thing are the Yankees going to do to make certain that they and not the Red Sox get Cliff Lee. What are they going to do, give him and 8th year? And what about the Texas Rangers? Remember, the Rangers don't have to really match the Yankees/Red Sox in order to actually match them because there is no state income tax in Texas.

Is there anyone who believes that Yankees will actually get shut out here? Today is certainly a good day to be Cliff Lee.

2) Adding left handed bats Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez just made left handed relievers more important for the Yankees; and also more expensive! What will Scott Downs and or Pedro Feliciano get? Cha Ching!

3) Lost in all of this may be the $300 million dollar question. The best player in baseball, Albert Pujols, is going to get paid by someone,he's going to get a lot of money and he's going to get paid for a long time. Albert will be 31 in about a month, surely he gets more than A-Rod $275,000 10 year deal, right? Does he get $300,000 million? Do the St. Louis Cardinals even have that kind of money? Even if they did, is it smart to tie up so much to the health and fortune of one guy? Who can afford to pay that besides the Yankees? But they already have bazillions tied up in Mark Teixeira and A-Rod, what are they going to do, create a 10th position on the field for him? Is A-Rod willing to DH next year? To me, what Pujols gets and who will give it to him is truly the $300 million question.

Check out the Free Agent Tracker updated daily to find out who is going where. - Mike Cardano

Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball & Xtra Point Football.

 

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