Back on December 5th, a source close to Tampa Bay’s scouting department threw out the idea that Carl Crawford could be dealt. In particular, the Devil Rays had interest in 23 year-old righthander Ervin Santana. Despite new management since then, the rumor has picked up steam.
My source tells me that talks have resumed between the Devil Rays and Angels and the Halos may even consider adding a second prospect with Santana to acquire Crawford. Brandon Wood is a possibility.
The Rays would like to deal an outfielder now with a Delmon Young callup in the cards for September or Opening Day 2007.
In his sophomore season, Santana has sharpened his control and lessened his home run rate to become a solid #3 starter behind Kelvim Escobar and John Lackey. Component ERA says Santana’s 4.32 ERA should actually be closer to 3.29 based on his peripherals.
Crawford is at .303/.349/.454 after 56 games, well ahead of PECOTA’s .287/.321/.426 projection. He’s signed for 2007-09 for a total of $17.5MM, while PECOTA puts his worth at about $21MM over those three seasons. The Rays know they can leverage their outfield surplus to add a solid young starter behind Scott Kazmir.