Live from Port Charlotte, Day 4: C.C. in the house
UPDATE, 10:28: If the Rays, as reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale via Twitter, were indeed "the mystery team who nearly landed Damon, out bidding everone but Detroit,'' then reports of the money offered by the White Sox ($6-million) and Braves must have been wrong, because the Rays weren't going that high.
UPDATE, 10:15: Given his policy is to not discuss the status of contract talks, Friedman apparently was talking more about addressing the media on the idea on the situation not being a distraction during the season than speaking to Crawford or his reps.
UPDATE, 9:42: Crawford said he will talk to reporters after working out as well.
Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman was quoted by foxsports.com as saying he'd meet soon with Crawford and/or his representatives and have a brief update on his contract situation. That comes after principal owner Stuart Sternberg said last week the Rays would do "everything we can" to keep Crawford.
Rays general manager Andrew Friedman said in an interview with FOXSports.com on Sunday that he will likely address Crawford’s status with the outfielder and/or his representatives next week.
“It’ll be something that we’ll address more, probably next week,” Friedman said. “I don’t want to get into it too much. I’d imagine it’s something people want to know more about, and rightfully so. We’ll kind of give a brief update of where things are and leave it at that. My guess is Carl won’t want to talk about it much beyond that, and neither will we.”
UPDATE, 8:40: Also reporting today were INFs Elliot Johnson and non-roster Angel Chavez. (Only Sean Rodriguez, Ben Zobrist have not; the first full workout is Wednesday). Pat Burrell is here too, after reporting Sunday afternoon, and said he will talk to the media after working out.
DEVELOPING: First words of the day are that LF Carl Crawford checked in to camp early this morning. Of course, a major storyline all spring - and potentially - all year is whether this will be Crawford's last season with the Rays, as his contract is up after this season.
Hopefully we'll get his take on the situation later today.
Otherwise, the action should be rather low-key again today with pitchers throwing bullpen sessions and spending time talking with the catchers as manager Joe Maddon and the coaches are again stressing communication and the pitcher-catcher relationship.