Los Angeles Angels Lose Out on Carl Crawford: Where Do They Go From Here?

Eric DentonContributor IDecember 23, 2010

Angels owner Arte Moreno & General Manager Tony Reagins
Angels owner Arte Moreno & General Manager Tony ReaginsLisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

With Christmas approaching and Santa having decided that Carl Crawford was a better gift for the Boston Red Sox, where do the 2011 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim go from here?

While it was disappointing to lose out on a high profile free agent, not committing $142 million over seven years to a player who is not a true lead off hitter nor a true power and RBI threat, for the number three or clean up spot wasn't the worst thing to happen to the Angels. If the front office and fans are still getting headaches thinking about Gary Matthews Jr's contract, how would they feel watching Crawford play out the final three years of his new deal?

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