Where might Carl Crawford end up?
Can you imagine Carl Crawford in a San Francisco Giants uniform? How about the Tigers, Astros or Red Sox? Rays fans are going to have a tough time seeing Crawford in any uniform other than the Rays. But in his column taking an early look at baseball's offseason, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman talks about where Crawford might end up and just how much money he might get. Heyman writes:
The Angels and Red Sox are the early favorites after disappointing seasons by those teams' usual standards. Torii Hunter is pushing hard for Crawford in Los Angeles, and the Red Sox might prefer more power and the higher OPS numbers of Werth. Crawford's hometown Astros don't usually spend this sort of money on free agents, but Crawford is a great local story. The Tigers also have money to spend, and of course, the Yankees can never be counted out. The Giants also love Crawford but may be a bit leery of the free-agent market after overpaying for Aaron Rowand and Barry Zito in recent years.
Crawford, 29, is aiming to beat $100 million, and his speed and youth should make that a fairly easily attainable goal. The guess here is that the Angels, who need table setters after losing Chone Figgins a year earlier, get him for seven years and perhaps $119 million in a repeat of the six-year-old Carlos Beltran deal. And for the record, Hunter said he doesn't mind one bit if Crawford makes a lot more money than him.
To read Heyman's entire column, click here.