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6 Potential Carl Crawford Trade Scenarios That Benefit Both Teams

Doug MeadCorrespondent IJune 24, 2016

6 Potential Carl Crawford Trade Scenarios That Benefit Both Teams

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    The month of August always sees a number of players from each MLB team placed on waivers.

    It doesn't necessarily mean that the team has any plans on trading the player placed on waivers, it simply means that they're gauging interest in the player. In many cases, the player has no shot at being traded because of a ridiculous contract based on money and/or years.

    This past weekend, Boston Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford officially cleared waivers, meaning that he can now be traded to any team other than the two teams he has listed on his no-trade list.

    Crawford also cannot be traded to the New York Yankees after being acquired from the Red Sox.

    With $105 million still left on his contract, Crawford would indeed be difficult to deal away. Add to that the fact that he has been feeling soreness in his left wrist, which was operated on over the winter, and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery after the season, and you have even more of a dilemma.

    However, we at Bleacher Report always like to suggest possible wheeling and dealing-type trades, and we thought we'd do the same for Crawford.

    Here are six deals involving Crawford that could benefit both teams.

Texas Rangers

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    Boston Red Sox trade: LF Carl Crawford, SP Josh Beckett and cash considerations.

    Texas Rangers trade: CF Josh Hamilton

    If the Red Sox were to pull off a deal before the waiver trade deadline, this could be a trade worth it for the Rangers in the long run.

    The Rangers have yet to come to terms with Hamilton on an expected long-term contract in his walk year. Crawford helps fill a need in the outfield with Hamilton's departure, and the combination of Gary Gentry and Leonys Martin will likely fill the Rangers' hole in center.

    The Rangers aren't likely to re-sign Ryan Dempster at the end of the season, and Beckett is from Texas and three years younger than Dempster.

Atlanta Braves

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    Boston Red Sox trade: LF Carl Crawford, 3B Will Middlebrooks, cash considerations

    Atlanta Braves trade: SP Julio Teheran, 2B Dan Uggla

    I know, you're thinking, "Why in the world would the Red Sox trade Middlebrooks?"

    Honestly, about the only way the Red Sox could realistically make any deal for Crawford is by dangling a major carrot along with him. Middlebrooks would be that carrot.

    With Chipper Jones retiring at the end of the season, Middlebrooks could take over. Yes, I know the Braves are planning to move Martin Prado back to trade, but honestly, do you think the Braves would pass up Middlebrooks over Prado?

    Crawford could take Prado's spot in left field, assuming Prado moves on.

    And, with the Red Sox taking on Uggla, it balances off some of the money. The Red Sox could transition Uggla to third; it's not likely he would be taking over for Dustin Pedroia.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Boston Red Sox trade: LF Carl Crawford, 3B Will Middlebrooks, cash considerations

    Philadelphia Phillies trade: SP Cliff Lee

    The Phillies have already placed left-hander Cliff Lee on waivers and failed to make a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, so GM Ruben Amaro has already played his hand in terms of the future of Lee in Philly.

    With Placido Polanco ailing once again and likely not returning, Middlebrooks would fill a need at the corner, and with Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence gone, the Phillies clearly have needs in the outfield as well.

    Why cash considerations, you ask? Do you honestly think the Phillies would accept Crawford without them?

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Boston Red Sox trade: LF Carl Crawford, LHP Jon Lester, cash considerations

    Los Angeles Dodgers trade: SS/3B Hanley Ramirez, LHP Ted Lilly

    I have a feeling that when the Los Angeles Dodgers look at Ramirez as a possible long-term option, they might re-think those options.

    It had been reported that the Red Sox and Miami Marlins discussed a blockbuster trade involving Ramirez before he was dealt to the Dodgers, so it certainly appears that interest is there.

    Ramirez's swing would be a nice fit in Fenway Park, and would take care of a need at shortstop. Unless of course the Red Sox value Mike Aviles more than they would Ramirez, which I would find unlikely.

    In ridding themselves of Lilly, the Dodgers unload $11 million for next season, making room for both Crawford and Lester along with extra cash from the Sox.

San Diego Padres

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    Boston Red Sox trade: LF Carl Crawford, LHP Jon Lester and cash considerations

    San Diego Padres trade: RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Adys Portillo

    Look at this trade as new ownership making a statement to their fans.

    Is it likely to happen? Of course not.

    However, adding Lester at the top of the rotation would be a coup for the Padres, especially at spacious Petco Park. Carlos Quentin could slide back over to right field, a domain he patrolled for years with the Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.

    The Red Sox pick up a quality arm for the bullpen who's a free agent at the end of the season, along with a fireballing youngster from Venezuela.

New York Yankees

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    Boston Red Sox trade: LF Carl Crawford, SS Jose Iglesias, SP Josh Beckett and cash considerations

    New York Yankees trade: RF Nick Swisher, RHP Corey Wade

    The only way this deal works is if Crawford okays the deal. Considering that there's a clause in his contract barring other teams from trading him to New York after being acquired from the Red Sox, there's likely little chance of that happening.

    But hey, this is about possible scenarios which involves imagination, right?

    The Yankees unload Swisher, who's a free agent at the end of the season. They are also looking at expiring contracts for Hiroki Kuroda and Freddy Garcia, and it's no sure thing that Andy Pettitte returns for another season, so the Yankees will be looking to fill a need in their rotation.

    The variable here is the status and health of Brett Gardner, now recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. The Yankees love Gardner, but the health concerns, much like Crawford, are an issue.

    Bottom line is, just about all of these deals have almost no chance of happening whatsoever, unless Red Sox ownership is really keen on getting rid of Crawford and paying for the vast majority of the remainder of his contract.


    Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.

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