Re: Carl Crawford would ya?
- From: McDuck <wallyDELETEMEMcDuck@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2010 22:09:04 -0400
On Sat, 9 Oct 2010 23:56:22 -0700 (PDT), nate <greystone@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Oct 9, 8:43 pm, maaaack <mark04...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Carl Crawford is perhaps the top free agent to be signed for the 2011
season. I would sign him to a 3-4 year deal in a heartbeat. His OBP
is always 30-40-50 points higher than his BA.
That's not so much.
Crawford's allure is the defense in left field. He is the best.
No - i want Crawford - Ellsbury - Drew in the outfield with Kalish &
McDonald & the others backing them up.
I like Crawford, but I think (1) he is overvalued and (2) will sign
with another club for a lot of money. I'm hoping the Angels but
Catcher? pay Victor whatever it takes to get him aboard. Just wheel
& deal with the agent. The huge embarrassing travesty would be to see
him walk to the Yankees for the better deal that Monsieur Henry won't
pony up, but Hankenstein will. Cervelli looked good early, but not so
much later & Posada needs a break. So tough. Don't let them improve
that spot on our dime. Keep Tek here as a backup. And Salty plus the
minor league prospects can help out as the year unfolds.
Victor is the best hitting catcher in the league. It seemed to me that
his defense improved a LOT this year, which is surprising, given his
age. But he is nearing an age when catchers tend to go to seed. So the
issue is the number of years he demands. I'd pay any reasonable price
for 3 years or less, but I suspect he can get 4 years elsewhere, and
that is a risk --- he'll have a big contract and will be blocking
prospects (we can hope <g>).
3rd base? UGH. Beltre played a classic Contract Year of hard-assed
baseball. Why can't players play for the Ages?
Beltre has played hard all of his career. If you think this year is
special in that regard, you have not followed him much --- me neither,
but I've been clued in on this. He is having a v. good year b/c he has
always been a good hitter, was injured last year, and is now on a team
with other hitters. Or other reasons, but not playing for a contract.
Instead, when it
comes to the Ages, they shoot themselves up with PEDs...ah
well...anyway, Adrian should realize - like Freddy Lynn did not - that
playing here in Fenway Park is Very Good for his career in the long
view, Ages-wise. Ask Freddy if he'd do it all over again the same -
not on TV or in range of the press, but privately. Adrian could be
the way to keep Youkilis performing at HOF levels for years. Trouble
is, Beltre gets too many GIDPs. Maybe bat him 2nd after Ellsbury
with the stolen base thing going on and not so many GIDPs. I dunno.
Then hit Youkilis 3rd and Martinez 4th? Papi takes a rung down? Nice
Beltre is not Lynn. Lynn has a swing made for Fenway, and he had
injuries after he left. And he might have been on PEDs with Boston ---
he certainly changed his appearance a LOT after his first year. In
contract to Lynn, Beltre is Boston's best on the road and does not
have the traditional Boston splits. Much of his power is to center and
right center --- made for YS, not Fenway Park. In that respect, he's
an improved version of Jeter (who gets park-adjustment points for a
park well-suited to his hitting). Well, the reverse in some sense. But
I mean a RHB who has much of his power to the opposite field.
I'd certainly like to have Beltre back. And he played with a gamy ham
for much of the season.
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