After the 2010 season, OF Carl Crawford was one of highest sought after players in the free agent market. The Tampa Bay Rays left fielder entered in the sweepstakes and chose the Boston Red Sox over the Los Angeles Angels. He now regrets that move. Crawford struggled with injuries and really never found his niche in the Red Sox lineup as he was moved all up and down the batting order under manager Terry Francona.
The Red Sox held what amounted to a small fire sale during last season and Crawford was one of the players shipped out of town. Now, with a surgically repaired elbow, he hopes to regenerate his career in the National League with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Crawford, a fan favorite with the Rays faithful, opined about his struggles in two seasons with the Red Sox to the Los Angeles Times. “I knew with the struggles I was having, it would never get any better for me. I just didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. It puts you in a kind of depression stage. You just don’t see a way out.”
Crawford will now get a chance to start his career over again with a new team, in a new city.
The outfielder told the paper that he hopes to become the player that he was as a member of the Rays organization once again, a complete player. His free agency haul was a seven-year, $142 million dollar deal which saw him hit just .255 and steal only 18 bases in 2011 with Boston. The joy of signing Crawford quickly turned to ire with the Boston sports fans, a bunch for the most part that have little tolerance. After the loss by the Patriots this season, I listened to WEEI for a bit the following Monday and fans were actually calling for Bill Belichick to be fired. Crawford didn’t escape the scorn.
If healthy, and utilized the right way, Crawford will become a very productive player for the Dodgers in 2013.
As a Rays fan, here’s to hoping that his career can get back on track in 2013.