Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox have agreed on a deal with Crawford for an MLB record-setting, seven-year, $142 million contract. It’s record setting because the 29-year old Crawford has never made this much money in baseball before.
We are pretty shocked at this deal. Crawford is a very good player, no one is denying that. But he’ll have a deal that will average just more than $20 million a year. Really?
Crawford hit .307 last year with 19 bombs and 47 stolen bases. He’s also a tremendous outfielder. But….really? We think that’s just too much money.
And while it definitely improves the Red Sox for the short term, we wonder what the last three or so years of that deal will be like when he’s slower and not as productive. That will be a tough check to cut.
The Sox have also added Adrian Gonzalez, so this team will be ready to compete for the AL East again in 2011…..until the Yankees sign Cliff Lee.