Re: What do to with Cr-Awful
posted at 9/26/2011 8:50 PM EDT
1) The issue of giving him another year to "redeem himself": if he stinks again next year, he will have zero trade value.
2) The issue of him being close to his recnet numbers since May 1st: one, it's false, and two, even if he reaches those recent year avg. numbers for the next 6 years, his deal is still about $50M too high and will criplle us in future money decisions (like Papelbon, Ellsbury, etc...)
3) As for giving our guy "support". I always cheer for our guys. I never boo. I don't think any players read this thread. We are kidding ourselves if we think otherwise. Nothing we say here will lessen Crawford's confidence one iota.
4) There are several teams that would want Crawford on their team this winter. He is stilla very good player and young enough to have some faith. The issue is the money. I know I may be in the minority who thinks he is overpaid by $50M, but there are several teams that can afford to take him if...
A) We pay part of his contract.
B) We take on a high salary player from their team to offset part of his cost)
C) All of the above.
Please don't quote me as saying I am for some of the suggestions I will mention here. I am merely providing examples of possible frameworks for trades that both teams might consider. I don't like almost any of these players, but the money saved would allow us to keep our stars or sign others for years to come.
to Cubs: Crawford ($122M/6) and a prospect
for Soriano ($54M/3) & Zambrano ($19.25M/1)
(We save about $60M, and maybe gain some help.)
to Mets: Crawford ($122M/6), Renaudo, Iglesias (they will lose Reyes) & more...
for J. Santana ($55M/2 including 3rd year buyout) & Jason Bay ($35M incl, $3M 3rd year buyout). (Maybe we could even trade Youk to Cincy for some youth ues them to try and pry David Wright ($31M/2) from the Mets as well. Or move Youk to DH and let Papi walk.)
to Angels: Crawford ($122M/6) & Lowrie.
for V. Wells ($63M/3) & Tori Hunter ($18M/1) Be nice to pry Harden or Santana, but it ain't gonna happen.
Texas? No matches (Young or Beltre...I don't think so). They may take on most of his salary for prospects or their worst OF'er.
Blue Jays? Hmm....
Nats? Werth? (about $14m less than Cc gets over the next 6 years)