[QUOTE]In Response to Re: regarding Carl Crawford.. : Even if this is all true it just does not begin to match the contract. And I know it is popular to compare the players because they were both top of the game base stealers. But while Crawford may have ranked higher as a LF than Ellsbury at CF, Crawford is a LF by trade not a CF. Ellsbury was a higher OBP guy with less power at the time, I don't see the guys as identical, maybe close in skill set offerings. Ellsbury had the better OBP, better base stealing success rate by percentage and played the tougher position. The system was loaded with LH OFer with gap power and plus speed. It was an odd isgning. I figured the RS must have seen something that I wasn't when they signed Crawford. He did not fit their profile in terms of selectivity at the plate and the rumored $90M price tags seemed inflated for what Crawford's historical production was. $142M is a jaw dropper. As for the RS view of Ellsbury coming into the year, I am not so sure they really shared the media view as much as they fed it, playing defense for a medical staff that was once again under fire. If they did, they were wrong weren't they? Beating on Crawford is no particular joy to me. I used to argue before the signing that the RS would never sign the guy because of the speculated size of the contract and his profile. When they signed him I figured they must have seen something here that I as a fan did not. Whatever they saw, nobody else saw it 2011. It is will be a lasting footnote on the RS management that made so much vocal noise about how bad Manny Ramirez contract was the entire length of it and did a contract nearly as big for a player who clearly is a fraction of the offensive producer (only Manny's deal in the history of the sport is bigger for a OF).
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