Boston Red Sox: Is Daniel Nava the Answer over Carl Crawford in Left Field?

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIJune 8, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: Daniel Nava #66 of the Boston Red Sox scores the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Scott Podsednik against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park June 5, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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I get it. 

Carl Crawford is a four-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger winner and a $20 million per year man, but the truth is, he's not been all that good in Boston.

True, he has been injured for roughly half the time he's been under contract with the Red Sox. He has appeared in just 130 games for Boston.

In that time he has hit just .255, which is roughly 40 points less than his career average. Oddly enough, his batting line across the board is down roughly 40 points.

Have a look:

Career .293 .333 .441 .773
Boston .255 .289 .405 .694

You can argue that Crawford may not have ever been healthy, comfortable, yadda, yadda, yadda in Boston, but the fact of the matter is: 130 games is no small sample.

On the flip side, Daniel Nava has appeared in 87 total games for Boston. A larger portion of his sample size came in 2010 when he was getting his first taste of the big leagues. Unfortunately for Nava, that drives down his excellent numbers from 2012.

However, those numbers are still better than that of Carl Crawfords.

He owns a batting line of .264/.386/.411/.796. He also has 44 total RBI to Crawford 56 in 43 fewer games. More so, Nava has show steady improvement while playing in Boston. 

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14  Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox, who has been recovering from an injury, takes batting practice before a game with Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park April 14, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Take a look:

2010 60 .242 .351 .360 .711
2012 27 .306 .445 .506 .951

The problem is, the Red Sox are likely hamstrung with Crawford's rich contract. Not too many people are calling for the return of Crawford, unfortunately.

It really is a shame. Crawford could come back and be an All-Star caliber player for Boston, but it may not be enough for the Fenway Faithful. He may already be a victim of his own under-performance.

The truth is, the Red Sox would be just fine without the services of Carl Crawford. In fact, Crawford may be better off without the Red Sox just as well.