Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Carl Crawford after being placed on waivers:
Matt Kemp plus Ethier, Crawford and Beckett cleared waivers but Hanley Ramirez was claimed/blocked. Blog coming @CBSSports— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 5, 2014
As the July 31 MLB trade deadline nears, several names have been floated around on the list of possible trade bait. Add Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford to that list.
The Dodgers have mentioned Crawford in potential deals ahead of Thursday's deadline, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
Sources: Dodgers floating Carl Crawford to teams. Still owed $69.25M thru 2017. Unclear how much $ Dodgers would eat. Will need to be a lot.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2014
Crawford has been erratic this season at the plate, batting just .242 with four home runs and 20 RBI. One reason for those low numbers is due to an ankle injury earlier this season, as he's played in just 55 games this season.
After missing the entire month of June, Crawford returned to the lineup on July 11. Since that point, the former All-Star outfielder has hit .139 with no homers, two RBI and a minuscule .220 on-base percentage.
When he returned to the Dodgers, Crawford spoke about having to take on a reduced role, per Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
Things have been going well for the team right now and he pretty much said he's going to leave it like it is right now and mix me in wherever he can, so there's not much I can say to that. Guys have been playing extremely well, they got back into first place. I've just got to be ready for when my number is called and try to stay sharp enough to play well when I do get in.
It's something you never want to hear, but at the same time you've got to understand what's going on.
While Crawford adds depth, Los Angeles already has a cast of superstars roaming the outfield. With the likes of Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Andre Either, Crawford might just be the odd man out.
But as Tim Brown of Yahoo points out, the Dodgers needed every outfielder to replace Crawford back in May:
Carl Crawford rolls an ankle. And this -- again -- is why there are five OFers in LA.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 28, 2014
What should the Dodgers do with Crawford?
Fresh off a three-game sweep of the rival San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers are in a comfortable position heading into the deadline. They now have a 1.5-game lead over the Giants and have plenty of pieces to make a late run in October.
Kemp's name has also been in trade rumors recently, per Saxon, so either could be on the move. Though they'd like to have either player for depth purposes, prospect Joc Pederson is another rising star in the minor leagues that could be looking for a permanent spot in the future.
The current makeup of Crawford's contract makes this a hard sell for the Dodgers ahead of the deadline. He's set to make over $20 million in each of the next three seasons as part of his seven-year, $142 million contract, which ends after the 2017 season, per Spotrac.com.
Turning 33 in August and having struggled to stay on the field, he's a risky target. But he can add leadership to any team. As for his actual output, his health will decide that the rest of this season where ever he lands.
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