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Carl Crawford and Tampa Bay Rays Scrap Contract Talks Until End of the Season

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 10:  Carl Crawford #13 of the Tampa Bay Rays leads off first base against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 10, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Josh LevittSenior Analyst IFebruary 26, 2010

No surprise here given the economics of the situation:

"'We had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the club about a contract extension for Carl and it was clear to all of us that an immediate agreement was not going to materialize,' agent Brian Peters told the St. Petersburg Times this afternoon. 'Thus, we all agreed to table discussions until the end of the year. We’d like to minimize distractions for Carl and the club and keep the focus on baseball, so we don’t plan to comment upon Carl’s contract status again until after the season.'"

All signs continue to point towards 2010 being Crawford's final season in Tampa, which means (barring something unforeseen) he's bound for a huge long-term contract this winter.

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