The Boston Red Sox have made the first pitch for a big name free agent by heading down to Houston and meeting with OF Carl Crawford.
Highly considered to be the top position free agent on the market, Crawford will be garnering a lot of attention from other teams. So far the Sox are the only club to meet with him face-to-face.
Called a “game changer” by Sox manager Terry Francona during a radio interview, Crawford brings a very well rounded game to whatever teams lands him. He is a career .296 hitter, with 104 home runs, 592 RBIs and 409 stolen bases. He also brings his freshly won gold glove.
Based on what free agent Matt Holliday got from the Cardinals last year, Crawford will be looking for somewhere in the area of seven-years and $120 million dollars.
Now it is unclear who exactly was involved with the meeting from the Red Sox end and whether general manager Theo Epstein was accompanied by team owner John Henry, considering Henry was a part of trips to attempt to woo past high profile targets like Alex Rodriguez (2003) and Mark Teixeira (2008).
If the Sox are going to sign Crawford, which I hope they do, there is going to have to be another move in the outfield as all three of last years starting outfield are returning. JD Drew will be impossible to replace in right field but center and left are a different story. Mike Cameron is the current center fielder but he is aging and coming off of offseason surgery and Jacoby Ellsbury has fallen out of favor with Red Sox brass following his rib injury.
This is a great step for the Red Sox and a move they need after losing Victor Martinez to the Detroit Tigers.