Red Sox reach deal with Crawford for $142m, 7 years
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA: A night after Carl Crawford enjoyed a steak dinner with the New York Yankees, he served up a meaty surprise: He's going to play for the rival Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox struck again at these winter meetings, reaching agreement with the star left fielder on a $142 million, seven-year contract.
A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press late Wednesday the agreement was subject to Crawford passing a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet finalized.
Crawford's free-agent deal was first reported by The Boston Globe on its website.
On Monday, the Red Sox announced they had acquired slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in a trade with San Diego. Boston's big deals came after they failed to make the playoffs and will certainly increase pressure on the Yankees to make a splash - that could mean Cliff Lee.
"It's not going to change the way we allocate our money," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said past midnight.
Yet Crawford's deal had to sting him. On Tuesday night, Cashman dined with the longtime Tampa Bay star. The Los Angeles Angels also pursued Crawford. Hours earlier, New York made its first offer to Lee, a six-year proposal worth nearly $140 million. It was easy to tell how eager the Yankees are to sign the prize pitcher. "Hannibal Lecter in a straitjacket right now, waiting on this Cliff Lee thing," Cashman said. -Ap