Red Sox reach deal with Craw­ford for $142m, 7 years

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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