Crawford: No decisions, quote was wrong
LF Carl Crawford said he's made no decisions about his future with the Rays, much less that of teammate Carlos Pena, and was misquoted in an upcoming Sports Illustrated story: "Nothing's changed, no decisions, I don't know what Carlos is doing,'' Crawford said.
The SI story, on Pena's rise to prominence by Ben Reiter, includes this passage:
"This core group is going to still be together, me and Carlos are the only two guys that are going to be leaving,” notes Crawford, perhaps giving away more than he should. “We definitely feel like this is a special year for us, and we would like to do something good.”
Crawford explained Tuesday he was answered a question posed by Reiter: ""That was more so him saying everything that he wanted me to say and trying to say I said it; I never said those words. What's sad is he came up and approached me like a nice guy and stuff and then he wrote that stuff so that really irritates me a little bit.''
Pena also said Tuesday he has made no decisions about his future.
Both Crawford and Pena can be free agents at the end of the season. Both have expressed an interest in staying, but it seems unlikely the Rays can afford to keep them. Crawford and the team agreed after initial talks this spring to suspend negotiations until after the season; Pena has not had any negotiations yet with the team.
Further, Crawford said Tuesday: "I never said me and Carlos are leaving. I just said this is a special year so guys like me and Carlos want to play well to try and do everything we can to do the best we can. I never said me and Carlos were leaving, he said it in the question. I never said it, because I know better. He did that. ... I definitely wouldn't speak upon Carlos' future because I don't know what he has going on. That guy asked me the question saying that and I just answered it how we're trying to win for the team, not even thinking about it. If I knew that's where he was going with it, I probably would not have even talked to him at all. I just hate to see that he did it like that because it just makes me more aware of how the questions can come I guess."