Carl Crawford Signs With Red Sox For Seven-Years, $142 Million

The Red Sox have made their second big move of the offseason, signing outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million deal. The outfielder was officially introduced on Saturday.

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Carl Crawford Officially Introduced By Red Sox

Late Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox agreed to a monster seven-year, $142 million deal with free agent Carl Crawford. On Saturday -- the same day single game tickets went on sale -- the team officially introduced their new outfielder

"They seemed really sincere about it," Crawford said. "[Epstein] told me about how I could play with the players that they have here, that I really think are great players, and just the whole thing about how we can win and how he said I could help this team immediately. 

Crawford added that his six-year old son "is a closet Boston fan."

When I told him I was coming to Boston, he was more excited than me. And that's when I knew I had made the right decision. ... The feeling feels so good that you couldn't pass that up."

With Saturday's introduction also came details of Crawford's contract, a deal that reportedly the Angels matched in both years and money. Here's how it breaks down over the next seven years, from the Boston Globe (via the AP):

Yearly salaries:
2011: $14 million
2012: $19.5 million
2013: $20 million
2014: $20.25 million
2015: $20.5 million
2016: $20.75 million
2017: $21 million

Signing bonus: $6 million. $1 million payable on Jan. 10 and $1 million payments on May 1, June 1, July 1, Aug. 1 and Sept. 1.

Awards bonuses
All-Star team: $50,000
Gold Glove, Sliver Slugger or World Series MVP: $100,000 each
ALCS MVP: $75,000
MVP voting: $200,000 for 1st, $125,000 for second, $100,000 for third, $75,000 for fourth, $50,000 for fifth

No-trade rights: The player can select two teams and the Red Sox one that he can't be traded to. The Red Sox have selected the Yankees.

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Carl Crawford, Red Sox Agree On Monster Deal; Boston Getting A 'Great Player'

At about 7:45 p.m. EST Wednesday night, Red Sox' GM Theo Epstein told reporters that Boston had not made much progress at Day 3 of the MLB Winter Meetings: "Nothing really new. Moved the ball forward on a couple of negotiations and moved it backward on a few." Roughly four hours later, they had agreed to a monster seven-year, $142 million deal with Carl Crawford. I guess that what he meant by "Moved the ball forward" on a negotiation.

That gives the Red Sox their second huge acquisition of the offseason, along with Adrian Gonzalez, and a lineup that could like something like this: 

Crawford LF
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Drew RF
Scutaro SS
Saltalamacchia C
Ellsbury CF

With Jason Varitek, Jed Lowrie and Mike Cameron on the bench. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman sums up the addition of Crawford in six words: "Good move. Good player. Great player." Our Red Sox blog, Over The Monster, expands (after focusing on the now, and not when the Red Sox are paying $40 million to a pair of 36-year olds):

So let's take all the contributions of the left fielders, and turn them into Carl Crawford. 11 runs below average offensively? 19 below average defensively?

Crawford was worth 32 runs offensively last year (9th best amongst outfielders, for those skeptics of Crawford's offense), and 18 defensively. For those who don't care to do the math, the difference is 80 runs, or about 8 wins.

Carl Crawford would have changed last year's team from an 89-73 team missing the playoffs to a 97-65 division winner.

An exact science? No. Maybe Crawford's defensive value will take a hit thanks to playing in left field (if he does). Maybe somehow Fenway doesn't end up helping his numbers. Maybe Adrian Beltre somehow manages to break his ribs.

But it still sounds pretty nice.

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