The Boston Red Sox weren’t happy about not making the playoffs last year. So far this offseason, the Red Sox have taken major steps to get back to the postseason. First, Boston traded for Adrian Gonzalez. Next, the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford to a $142 million deal over seven seasons.
The left fielder who has spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays gets a whole lot of money but the Red Sox are getting a good buy. Crawford is still relatively young (29) and he can affect a baseball game in many different ways.
With the bat, Crawford is getting better and better. Last season, he hit a career-high 19 homers to go along with career-highs in RBIs (90), runs (110) and slugging percentage (.495). In the field, he won a Gold Glove for his work in the outfield. On the base paths, Crawford’s elite speed allows him to be a steal bases by the dozens. In the last two seasons combined, he has 107 steals.
Crawford will likely bat second or third for the Red Sox and give the team a superstar presence who can win a game in a variety of ways. When the seven years are done and the $142 million is paid out, I believe that the Red Sox will look back on their investment and smile.