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Could Crawford cost Boston Ellsbury?

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08:13 AM ET 04.30 | These days, Carl Crawford is persona non grata in Red Sox Nation, where a $142 million investment, to date, looks misspent. Boston has played 183 games since signing Crawford. He has appeared in 130, many of them injured, with a .289 on-base percentage and a .255 batting average, a far cry from his career numbers. ... There has been speculation that the Crawford signing could cost the Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury when he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, since that might require more than $40 million per year tied up in center and left field. Baseball operations folks look back to September 2009, when Epstein claimed Jose Bautista on waivers from Toronto and had the deal set, only to have ownership kill it.

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April 30, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Hey. It's only money.

April 30, 2012  08:31 AM ET
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Hey. It's only money.

and they have more than enough to make that work

April 30, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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and they have more than enough to make that work

That's right. It's called quantitative easing, MLB style.

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April 30, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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True, I think they could/will keep Ellsbury just like the Phillies will pony up the money to keep Hamels.My question is do the Sawx really want to get him back? He is an OUTSTANDING OF when healthy but this cat seems to be made of glass, maybe a 'sell high' strategy would be the call and let him fall to pieces on someone else's dime...................

I'll give him a pass this year. It's not his fault 190 lbs of opposing player dropped onto his shoulder causing the injury.

April 30, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Well, if he'd stop playing the game so hard, and hurling himself into walls, and other players ... well wait, then he wouldn't be the awesome player he is! I don't think he's made of glass, he just has no fear!

Morning dear.

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April 30, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Good morning! I want Ellsbury to stay! I just bought an Ellsbury t-shirt around St. Patrick's Day!

I want him to stay as well. I like his abilities. But they will have to deal with Boras.

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April 30, 2012  09:11 AM ET

so clearly he's a free agent after this season, right? Wait, not until after the 2014 season..... non-story. More immediately, they need to fix the pitching staff.

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April 30, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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Ha! Um, NO!

<damn!>

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April 30, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Its more common than you would think. Slinky bought a David Bowie version once

This makes more sense

 
April 30, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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And a formal official like GOOD Morning to Cat and Clem

Morning TRUTH.

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