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08:12 AM ET 12.08 | Just how deep are those pockets, Boston? For anyone questioning whether the Boston Red Sox retain interest in free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford, the answer is yes. Multiple club sources confirmed as much Tuesday night. That desire comes with a disclaimer, though. "But how many years?" one source said. "How crazy was the Jayson Werth deal?" Werth signed a seven-year, $126 million deal on Sunday with the Washington Nationals. Asked about Crawford, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said, "It's the same answer I gave yesterday. Obviously we're in a new situation now after we've made a major acquisition, but like I said, anything is possible, right?"

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December 8, 2010  08:42 AM ET

I think the Red Sox would more than likely make a trade for an outfielder, rather than lay out another 6-7 yr contract to a player, other than Gonzo.

December 8, 2010  08:43 AM ET

Well they had a lot of money come off the books this year, and with $50M coming off next year, they can afford it. But I wouldn't want to see them give Crawford a bigger contract than Werth. I mean just because somebody was stupid enough to give Werth twice what he deserves, doesn't justify doing the same thing with Crawford.

December 8, 2010  08:56 AM ET

I had read earlier on SI.com that Crawford wanted a deal worth $180M. I'm 56 years old and hit .450 in slow-pitch softball twenty years ago, so wouldn't those parameters indicate that I'm worth a package of about $2 million, yes? Call me.

December 8, 2010  09:01 AM ET

Buying championships. Sad.

December 8, 2010  09:03 AM ET

The Nationals were a desperate team that made a crazy deal that will end up setting them back in the long run. I bet they end up trading Werth within 3 years and paying a good chunk of his salary for him to play elsewhere. The money being discussed for Crawford is likewise crazy. You don't pay base stealers $20 million per year. Beware Bora$$ bearing a contract!!!

December 8, 2010  09:05 AM ET
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aside from drew, what else makes up the $50 for next year? papi, I guess?

Drew $14M
Papi $12.5M
Pappelbon $12M
Cameron $7.5M
Scutaro $6.5M

December 8, 2010  09:08 AM ET

Yea, that Werth deal reminds me of the A-Rod debacle in Texas. Someone's going to wake up a year from now and groan "we paid him WHAT!?"

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December 8, 2010  09:13 AM ET
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Cameron...that's rough

yeah, hopefully they can get something out of him this year. At least they are gonna smarten up and put Ellsbury back in CF, where he belongs...........

December 8, 2010  09:21 AM ET
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the Cameron deal is one that just never made sense to me....why give a guy like that a 2 yr deal when they had Ellsbury?actually, the Scutaro deal didnt' either. The sox would've been fine keeping Gonzalez at short for 2 more yrs.

That was Theo's famous 2 year Bridge Plan. Jose Iglesias would take over SS in 2012 and Ryan Westmorland would be ready to take CF at the same time. Thus the 2 year deals for Cameron and Scuturo.

December 8, 2010  09:22 AM ET
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the only way Werth and Arod are tied together is that they have ridiculous contracts...but from ability standpoint, Arod has always been a superstar and Werth has put together 2 decent seasons. I still don't understand why everyone is so high on Werth....about to turn 32 and his two best years aren't even that great.

To me, he should have received the same contract as Jason Bay got from the Mets.

December 8, 2010  09:33 AM ET
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The Werth deal is ridiculous. The Crawford camp probably likes what that will do for them though.

The Werth deal is stupid for so many reasons. His Away splits have been very pedestrian, and has lived on hitting opposite field HRs into the front row of Citizen's Bank Park. I think, based on his splits, you'll be looking at an excellent defensive outfielder who hits about .275 with 15-18 HRs. That's about $1M per HR.

December 8, 2010  09:37 AM ET
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I think the Red Sox would more than likely make a trade for an outfielder, rather than lay out another 6-7 yr contract to a player, other than Gonzo.

Supposedly Crawford wants eight years. Again, like with Werth, you're looking at a guy with a .296 average, who will give you 15-18 HRs who played a lot of games in hitter friendly AL East parks. He's younger than Werth, so you should expect nice production....... but 8 years at ~$20M per year? That's going to be a boat anchor for some team for years to come.

December 8, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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Buying championships. Sad.

Wrong. Check facts first.
Here are the total salaries for the last 10 years for the top 6 spending teams

Yankees - $1,877,570,846
Boston - $1,330,711,756
Mets - $1,221,117,934
LAD - $1,097,409,335
Cubs - $1,053,655,929
ATL - $1,012,285,726
LAA - $988,627,690

Yes Boston is second but over a 10 year period they haven't spent much more than numbers 3-7. Only the Yankees have spent far and away more than other teams. In fact, if I were to list all payrolls, they are closer to numbers 3-12 than they are to the Yankees. They idea that they spend on the level of the Yankess and therefor buy championships is a myth.

Wrong. Check facts first.
Here are the total salaries for the last 10 years for the top 6 spending teams

Yankees - $1,877,570,846
Boston - $1,330,711,756
Mets - $1,221,117,934
LAD - $1,097,409,335
Cubs - $1,053,655,929
ATL - $1,012,285,726
LAA - $988,627,690

Yes Boston is second but over a 10 year period they haven't spent much more than numbers 3-7. Only the Yankees have spent far and away more than other teams. In fact, if I were to list all payrolls, they are closer to numbers 3-12 than they are to the Yankees. They idea that they spend on the level of the Yankess and therefor buy championships is a myth.

December 8, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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the only way Werth and Arod are tied together is that they have ridiculous contracts...but from ability standpoint, Arod has always been a superstar and Werth has put together 2 decent seasons. I still don't understand why everyone is so high on Werth....about to turn 32 and his two best years aren't even that great.

The same thing I feel about the craze over VMart... people are acting like the Sox let an MVP candidate walk. Good hitting catcher/bad fielder... very average hitting 1B/DH.

December 8, 2010  09:42 AM ET
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Wrong. Check facts first.Here are the total salaries for the last 10 years for the top 6 spending teamsYankees - $1,877,570,846Boston - $1,330,711,756Mets - $1,221,117,934LAD - $1,097,409,335Cubs - $1,053,655,929ATL - $1,012,285,726LAA - $988,627,690Yes Boston is second but over a 10 year period they haven't spent much more than numbers 3-7. Only the Yankees have spent far and away more than other teams. In fact, if I were to list all payrolls, they are closer to numbers 3-12 than they are to the Yankees. They idea that they spend on the level of the Yankess and therefor buy championships is a myth.

Am I reading that right? No way what? The Yankees have spent 500 million more than the next team and have 2 championship to show for it... these numbers are actually kinda sickening. 500 million? I'm missing something here...someone tell me I'm missing something.

 
December 8, 2010  09:47 AM ET
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Wrong. Check facts first.Here are the total salaries for the last 10 years for the top 6 spending teamsYankees - $1,877,570,846Boston - $1,330,711,756Mets - $1,221,117,934LAD - $1,097,409,335Cubs - $1,053,655,929ATL - $1,012,285,726LAA - $988,627,690Yes Boston is second but over a 10 year period they haven't spent much more than numbers 3-7. Only the Yankees have spent far and away more than other teams. In fact, if I were to list all payrolls, they are closer to numbers 3-12 than they are to the Yankees. They idea that they spend on the level of the Yankess and therefor buy championships is a myth.

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