Carl Crawford could be on his way out of Boston in the near future.
Note the word choice. "Could" is not to be confused with "will."
In fact, the only reason "could" works here is because the Red Sox placed their disappointing (and very high-priced) left fielder on waivers on Wednesday. Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported that news:
Most everyone will be put on trade waivers over the next few weeks. Today it was Nick Punto and Carl Crawford.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) August 1, 2012
As MLBTradeRumors.com pointed out in their rundown of MLB's waiver rules, placing players on waivers is oftentimes just a means for teams to gauge what kind of interest there is in their players. Many players are placed on waivers every August. Few are moved.
Crawford's situation is particularly complicated. As Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote on Wednesday, Crawford's $100 million-plus contract is a huge hurdle, and his elbow is a ticking time bomb. To put it lightly, his contract is a burden that no club wants to deal with.
So he could be moved, but he probably won't be going anywhere. For what it's worth, I'd put the odds of him actually going somewhere at roughly 100-1.
But there's bound to at least be some interest in Crawford. Here's a look at five teams that will probably kick the tires on him at some point in the next few weeks.
Note: All stats come from Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.