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Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Disaster That Is Carl Crawford

After receiving news that Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford would be shut down with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, I felt inclined to air out an obvious fact. Crawford's contract is a disaster and we're only in the second year.

The problem is, not only has the--once speedy--outfielder been unproductive, he can't stay on the field to provide any sort of value.

In 2011, Crawford finished the year with career lows in BA (.255 BA) and OBP (.289). He had just two more RBI (56) than his sophomore season with Tampa Bay in '03, just 19 steals--following a '10 season in which he led the AL with 47--and he missed 32 games total, more than he's missed in all but two seasons in his career.

Those numbers don't warrant anything close to the $20 million that CC earned for the 2011 season, but everyone said "he'll get em' next year" right? Not even close.

2012 will again be a disaster year for the Sox' "star" outfielder.

During the offseason it was announced that Crawford needed surgery to repair an ailing wrist and he was doubtful for Opening Day in Detroit. That was just the beginning of what appears to be another disaster season.

The Red Sox have now made his elbow injury public and announced that he will be shutdown for several months after receiving a Platelet Rich Plasma injection. He could miss as much as three months, which puts him somewhere around the All-Star break.

The Red Sox are paying over $20 million for half a year from Crawford, assuming surgery won't be necessary at some point. Even if he hits .300 during that time it will be considered an enormous bust at that price.

Last season and this season were supposed to be the prime years for CC, likely part of the reason the Sox forked over a freight train full of money to sign him. Things haven't exactly gone as planned.

If Crawford continues to be marred by injuries, unproductive or both, his signing could end up considered the worst in the history of the game. And there have been some bad ones.

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