Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/10/14
9b

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

We are talking about the active leader for “Worst Free Agent Signing in MLB History” after his worthless — 0.0 WAR — debut last season will be matched in the first half of this season. At an average of $20.3 million per year payable through 2017, Crawford’s seven-year deal is entering historic territory.

At $30 million for a season-and-a-half of nothing, Crawford is going to make the seven-year, $126 million Vernon Wells deal look pretty thrifty.

The Cubs wanted to spend $136 million over eight years for Alfonso Soriano? Shrewd.

Albert Pujols and the Angels, for $240 million over 10 years? That one needs at least a month of evidence before a verdict can be rendered.

Most long-term contracts factor in a year — maybe two, depending on length — lost to injury, but usually teams expect the dropoff, due to age and/or injury, to occur in the waning years of the deal.

The Red Sox are getting it at the very front end.

Really, can it get any worse for the next 51⁄2 years?

This year, it is Crawford’s body that is breaking down. At the age of 30 (he’ll turn 31 in August) and known for his speed in the outfield and on the basepaths, the one positive from this terrible 2012 is that it’s his upper body — left wrist surgery, left elbow — letting him down. Of course, he has not had much of a chance to pull another hamstring like last year, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

And let’s not dwell too long on last year’s mental anguish, either. Crawford did play in 130 games, so it was not his body that was at fault.

Herald: Carl Crawford a costly loss

No new news here. 9-out-of-10 topics between Red Sox fans have been about Crawford and the money invested in him. Theo threw money and Crawford and he accepted. I would.

I don't want to discuss the money issue any further, because it is old news. The biggest concern is the loss of the glove in left, and the speed on the basepaths. Yeah, he only had 18 steals last season, but this year was supposed to be different. 2012 spelled redemption for Carl Crawford. A speedy recovery from wrist surgery, excellent results during bunting drills, then a setback. And this is where we stand.

The additions of Ross and Sweeney have made the loss of Crawford that much easier. His performance last season has made the Ross and Sweeney additions make us feel that much warmer inside.

I'll end the useless babbling and just say, Crawford is down for a few months, he has a ton of money for doing very little, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. So we have to deal with it and hope the pieces in the outfield keep up the production.

The rest of the links:

Globe: Salty heats up and Red Sox win 4 straight | Saltalamacchia, Red Sox catching fire | WEEI: Friday's Red Sox White Sox matchups: Daniel Bard vs. John Danks | Projo: Tazawa keeps mowing down hitters

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

J.R. Smith suspended two games for hitting Jae Crowder

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Kevin Love not expected to be available next series

Titans have reportedly been 'all over' Marcus Mariota

Report: Browns talked with Redskins about trading up

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers in film room after blowout loss

Jon Jones facing felony charge for leaving scene of crime

Josh Hamilton officially traded back to Rangers

Report: Landing Adrian Peterson too costly for Cardinals

Report: Antonio Brown joins Steelers voluntary work outs

Charles Barkley: JR Smith should be suspended 10 games

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

Belichick's girlfriend fine with coach checking out Teigen

V. Stiviano posts birthday message to 'BFF' Donald Sterling

Mark Cuban and the inevitable playoff peril of the Mavs

Wizards made Raptors look bad while remaking themselves

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

Greg Hardy faces teammate, Cowboys locker room leak

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Jon Jones facing felony charge

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.