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Red Sox scouted Crawford 'away from ballpark'

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10:07 AM ET 02.19 | During a radio interview Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein revealed some interesting details regarding the team's pursuit of Carl Crawford, including the fact that they "had a scout on him literally the last three, four months of the season at the ballpark, away from the ballpark." That suggests Crawford choosing Boston wasn't quite as surprising to the Red Sox as it was to most of the baseball public, but Epstein also said that he entered the courtship thinking the former Rays left fielder had his heart set on signing with the Angels.

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February 19, 2011  10:14 AM ET

FIRST!

just wanted to beat the spammers ...

February 19, 2011  10:39 AM ET

The Mets sure weren't scouting him.

February 19, 2011  10:56 AM ET

His new theme music can be "Every Breath You Take"

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February 19, 2011  11:18 AM ET

Smart team right there.

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February 19, 2011  12:31 PM ET

Souting away from the ballpark for 3 or 4 months is just downright creepy.

February 19, 2011  01:00 PM ET
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He's a good player, not saying otherwise........but its WAY too large a contract for a base stealerThat being said, if the sux have the $......enjoy

Wow, I see created a clever, new way of insulting the Red Sox. How original.

Your right anyway (not sarcastic) though. It certainly was overpriced, but that is one of the burdens of signing free agents. If all free agents came at market proce, what would be the point of free agency?

February 19, 2011  01:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's a good player, not saying otherwise........but its WAY too large a contract for a base stealerThat being said, if the sux have the $......enjoy

Just about any player is way over payed unless you win with him, then it's worth it. When Sabathia signed most said he was over paid as well since the next highest real offer was 100 million, but he helped the Yankees win a world series so the money was well spent. If the Sox can win a world series with Crawford's help again it will be money well spent,

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February 19, 2011  02:04 PM ET

the teams, should sign players to a five years deal, not to a seven, or ten, years deal,when the player starts to fail to achieve the goals that had been agree with the new team, then that ball club starts to searching to trade that player, just to find out that nobody its willing to take that big and mess up contract, except the angels!!

February 19, 2011  02:19 PM ET
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I don't agree with that.If you have a real need at a certain position, I absolutely understand overpaying to get that player, so ny DESPERATELY needed an ace, they overpaidBoston didn't really NEED a LF'er who is making 17 mil. And there were other options out thereAgain though, they ain't poor,so if that's how they wanted to spend their $, so be it

As a fan I could really care less what the Sox paid for him. I mean it's not my money, and he does make Boston a better team. And I disagree about the Sox not needing him, they never really replaced Jason Bay, and this is JD Drew's last year. I also think you're selling him a little short about just being a base stealer.

Overall I think it was a great pick up for the Sox, they got better offensively and defensively, they also got younger and more athletic. Did they overpay??? Sure they did, but like I said earlier, it's not my money and obviously John Henry can afford it.

February 19, 2011  02:34 PM ET
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The Mets sure weren't scouting him.

He should have signed with the Royals and received a bunch of these.

February 19, 2011  02:46 PM ET

<realizes Pork chop joke is getting old>

February 19, 2011  02:50 PM ET
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I don't agree with that.If you have a real need at a certain position, I absolutely understand overpaying to get that player, so ny DESPERATELY needed an ace, they overpaidBoston didn't really NEED a LF'er who is making 17 mil. And there were other options out thereAgain though, they ain't poor,so if that's how they wanted to spend their $, so be it

I understand but what makes the Crawford deal different from when the Yankees signed Tiexiera? If you recall the Yankees traded for Swisher to be the 1st baseman. So they also had other options but instead went with Tiexiera. When teams offer these huge deals the purpose is to get the guy to sign with you instead of someone else. That's the name of the game. Your saying the Sox had other options but the Washington signing raised the bar. You make one point, it's their money same as it's the Yankee's money so they spend it the way they want. And with all the fans that say do whatever it takes to get the guy and I have seen you say that was well, we all just have to remember that when it's all said and done as a fan we don't have a nickel invested and win or lose we make no profit from it what so ever.

February 19, 2011  02:57 PM ET
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As a fan I could really care less what the Sox paid for him. I mean it's not my money, and he does make Boston a better team. And I disagree about the Sox not needing him, they never really replaced Jason Bay, and this is JD Drew's last year. I also think you're selling him a little short about just being a base stealer. Overall I think it was a great pick up for the Sox, they got better offensively and defensively, they also got younger and more athletic. Did they overpay??? Sure they did, but like I said earlier, it's not my money and obviously John Henry can afford it.

When your paying a guy for 7 or more years you really hope you get 5 or so ones at his best.
What I do like now is that all the Yankee fans that last season had Crawford playing for the Yankees this year now are saying that they wouldn't want him for that much money but like we all have said it's not our money so who cares. A team does what it feels it needs to and fans will always complain right or wrong. Years ago a team needed one ace and that was it, now seems like fans get dissapointed if a big team doesn't have 4 or 5 aces.

February 19, 2011  03:39 PM ET

Crawfords a good guy. Can't wait to see him play for the Sox this year.

February 19, 2011  03:52 PM ET

What's funny about the story is that Crawford plays against the Sox 18 games a year and generally gives them fits on the base paths so really how much scouting did they really need to do with a guy in their own division?

 
February 19, 2011  05:00 PM ET
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What's funny about the story is that Crawford plays against the Sox 18 games a year and generally gives them fits on the base paths so really how much scouting did they really need to do with a guy in their own division?

They had to scout him AWAY from the field. You never know if those people are hanging out at crack houses, have eleven baby mamas, or run with the Crips.

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