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Carl Crawford said it was a 'relief' to leave the Boston Red Sox

Carl Crawford, speaking to Los Angeles reporters, shared that it was a "relief" for him to leave Boston.

Jim Rogash

Carl Crawford's tenure with the Boston Red Sox was a short one, and rather unsuccessful at that. Crawford, who signed a seven-year deal worth $142 million prior to the start of the 2011 season, was shipped out of town to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the deal that sent him, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Hollywood for prospects.

Speaking for the first time as an official member of the Dodgers, Crawford told Los Angeles reports that it was a "relief" for him to get out of Boston, adding that he wouldn't want any player to endure what he went through in Boston.

"There's no secret this was a tough year in Boston. I wouldn't want any player to go through [it]," said Crawford. "To get out of that situation is definitely sort of a relief."

Crawford played in 161 games in two seasons with Boston, batting .260 with 162 hits, 14 home runs and 75 RBI. Before signing with the Red Sox, Crawford was a lifetime .296 hitter with 1,480 hits, 104 homers and 592 RBI in nine years with the Tampa Bay Rays.

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