Carl Crawford: Red Sox To Sign Free Agent Outfielder
According to ESPN Boston, the Boston Red Sox are ready to sign free agent Carl Crawford to a seven-year $142 million contract on Thursday night.
Until just now, Crawford was expected to be leaning toward signing with the Los Angeles Angels, but it appears that the Red Sox have made the sweeter offer.
Another free agent outfielder, Jayson Werth (formerly of the Philadelphia Phillies), just signed with the Washington Nationals on Sunday for a seven-year $126 million deal.
Read on for all the details of Crawford's new contract with the Red Sox...
Carl Crawford: Details on Outfielder's Deal with the Boston Red Sox
Late Wednesday night, the Boston Globe announced that former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder will sign a seven-year $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.
This deal will make Crawford the highest paid outfielder in MLB history.
Earlier this week, Crawford was expected to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, but the Red Sox made some crucial last-minute adjustments to snatch him up.
The Globe reports, "The Angels had been in pursuit of Crawford, the top position player on the free-agent market. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had dinner with Crawford and agent Brian Peters on Tuesday night. The Texas Rangers also were involved."
"But the Red Sox acted quickly and decisively and less than a week after trading for Adrian Gonzalez, have added a second premier player."
Crawford had a great season with the Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .307 with 19 home runs, 90 RBI and 47 stolen bases.
This new addition to the Red Sox roster should turn this team into a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
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