posted at 12/15/2012 12:57 PM EST
In response to parhunter55's comment:
I think that AGon is still one of the top veteran 1Bmen and top run producers in all of baseball and he is paid like one. Not an overpay in any way, IME. But Crawford looks like a clear overpay. Upton has very similar skill set, with perhaps less speed but with definitely more power. And yet he is getting paid for 2 fewer years and 6 million less per, at a similar age. What was Theo thinking? And, Crawford was never better than a square peg fit for the Sox. If he had not been signed, AGon would probably still be playing for the Sox, and 2012 would not have been year when Ben's hands were tied, economically speaking, from bringing in the pitching that was so desperately needed to compete. Maybe even Theo does not leave and Bobby V is never hired!
I say this while acknowledging that, 1) I supported the CC signing once it happened, even though it was an obvious overpay; and 2) I still think that Crawford will play up to about a 15 million per level over the next 3 or 4 seasons, and when Ellsbury leaves for greener pastures Crawford will be missed, in much the same way Crsip is now missed.
I won't try to argue the overpay and the misfit toy that was Crawford. I too supported the signing and still remember saying wow! When the news broke...The fact that he was also hindered by injuries only exacerbated what was a bad signing...water under the bridge he's LA problem now. While Crawford was overpaid and never should have been signed to begin with. The Sox bigger issue with payroll entering last season had more to do with the money owed to and the manpower lost in Lackey & Matsusaka. Tying up some 25M in payroll, more importantly was the cause and effect of losing 400 innings from your rotation had on the overall organizational depth.
Add to that the longterm deal and fiscal liability that was Beckett, paying 17M per for a guy that was supposed to be the staff leader, who had not finished a season strong since 2007 and it's not hard to see why they had to blow it up and start anew. While I agree that Gonzalez was and is paid comensurate with his abilities based on like contracts. Clearly something was amiss with the guy, who never was comfortable wearing the leadership hat and might well thrive in LA were he's not being asked to be the guy that stirs the drink...