[QUOTE]In Response to Re: regarding Carl Crawford.. : Slomag, you aren't making a great case still when you ask if they needed the speed in the smallest OF in baseball. Carl Crawford has always been a LF. No matter how bad things went with Upton in Tampa they never put CC in CF but for a very few games. It was a dumb signing. Those who wanted to give the Rs the benefit of the doubt because they were smartest guys in the room (I was among these) figured they must have seen something. Again compared to Ellsbury, Crawford had better SLG but his spray chart did not convert well to one of baseball's deepest RF. He had a lower OBP than Ellsbury. He couldn't hit LH pitching well at any point in his career where Ellsbury had better stats. Ellsbury had a higher career SB% and in 2009 stole more bases than Crawford without the benefit of the RS pitching staff to steal against. If you are right and the RS signed a $142M deal to replace Ellsbury it was a dumb move in hindsight. The RS FO admitted that Ellsbury had been mishandled and treated harshly in the media at the ownership level right after the 2010 season. The revisionist stuff about 2010 in the light of how wrong the detractors was is a strange tact to take. He came back from the rehab assignment in Pawtucket and immediately aggravated the ribs diving for a ball in Philly. That set in motion the player requesting a second opinion and the discovery that it wasn't bruised ribs or even a single micro-fracture but 5 micro-fractures. The RS have a 7 year deal with a career .340 OBP hitter, who was a top 5 base stealer, prone to web gems and brain cramps in the field, who can't hit LH pitching and power is to RF, where his home park is stingy. It is no longer a question of this being a good signing or not, just how bad is it IMO. I know I say this a lot, but for the guy who was quite public about how bad Manny Ramirez contract was while Ramirez was arguable the best RH hitter ever to wear a RS uniform to a deal almost as big for CC is mind numbing.
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