Originally written on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 6/29/14
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Red Sox owner John Henry told 98.5 FM radio in Boston that he ‘personally opposed signing Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $140 million deal last winter,’ but he deferred to his baseball operations department. Crawford hit .255 with a .289 OBP, 11 HR, 56 RBI, 29 doubles and 18 stolen bases while playing left field and mostly batting towards the bottom of the order last year for the Red Sox (which was his first year of the new contract). In talking to people around the game, I don’t think Crawford’s deal will impact the market for Jose Reyes as much as I initially thought. I figured seeing Crawford struggle might spook teams interested in Jose, considering both players rely so heavily on speed. But, as more than one person told me (be it agents or front office people), each team will value those guys in different ways and they will reach those conclusions independent of one another. Plus, the popular buzz in Boston seems to be that Crawford put a TON of pressure on himself to live up ...
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