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Carl Crawford Available?

Just a mini-rumor of sorts, only a notch above speculation.  But hey, this is a rumor site.  Yahoo's Tim Brown mentions that Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford can be had, and suggests the Angels make an offer.

It's early yet, but it looks like Crawford will set a career high in walks at age 25.  He's never topped 37 in a season, but already has 15 in 34 games.  This is an excellent step forward in development, and convenient for the walk-allergic Angels if they're interested.  Hopefully they wouldn't unteach the new skill.  Crawford is also maintaining his power with a .481 SLG.

Crawford is signed through his prime on a very team-friendly contract: assuming all options are exercised, he's owed $27.5MM for 2007-10.  A package of prospects centered around oft-rumored Ervin Santana seems to make sense.  The mass media is calling for the Halos' pitching surplus to be used for a bat, and I agree.  However, I'm not sure Crawford would give them the significant jolt of OBP and SLG they need.  I'd like to see the Angels revisit the Todd Helton talks, or maybe go after Pat Burrell or Adam Dunn.

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Dunn to the Halos makes too much sense.

Santana behind Kazmir looks very nice.

Santana would get his shyttt rocked by the AL East teams like the Yankees and Sox, even the Jays and Orioles. If Santana was the biggest piece the Angels would have to give up for Crawford I dont see how you dont do it. I personally dont think Santana is anything special, and its not like the Angels are lacking in starting pitching.

The above poster may be right. There is a significant amount of evidence to suggest that Ervin Santana is very overrated, and worth much more in trade than he may be in reality.

For one thing, his home-road splits. His career numbers are skewed because he has so many more starts and innings pitched at home than on the road. I simply don't think he's that particularly good. A #3, #4 starter, yeah, but Crawford is worth more. Santana is a heavy flyball pitcher with a solid but unexceptional K/9, his xFIP last year was 5.11.

If you're the Angels, you ship him off and don't even think twice.

Santana to the Astros for Ensberg+. Aren't the Angels hurting for a 3B? The Astros have Loretta and Lamb on the bench.

The braves are just itching to take one of Tampa's OFs from them. With a huge hole in LF and an even bigger one in CF if Jones walks the bravos are motivated to get something done.

That said, if the Rays are insisting on good young pitching the braves are not too deep on starters but have a lot of relief arms stocked up as well as a surplus of quality infield prospects.

A lot of teams would love to have Dukes, Crawford, or Young on their team. As you said though, the Braves arent tremendously deep in the SP area, which is what TB really needs the most. Theyre offense is definitely good enough to win right now if they had a decent rotation. Santana wouldnt be a horrible start, but not for Carl Crawford. If Shields keeps it up and Kazmir stays healthy, they Rays would do good to pick up a solid number 3 starter. Theyre bullpen also needs lots and lots of help though, so maybe Santana and some solid young arms to put in the pen for Crawford? Im sure Vladdy would love to have a guy like Crawford that he can drive in on a regular basis.

It works in theory for the angels. GA becomes a question mark once he comes back from DL (full time DH?).

In general though, Crawford to me epitomizes Angels baseball more than any other player not wearing red. So I'd like to see it get done.

It works in theory for the Angels. GA becomes a question mark once he comes back from DL (full time DH?).

In general though, Crawford to me epitomizes Angels baseball more than any other player not wearing red. So I'd like to see it get done.

For all the talk about how awesome the Devil Rays offense is, they are 14th in runs this year and they were last last year. So I wouldn't make them out to be the Yankees yet.

Astros should go for Crawford, even with Lee in left. More consistent offense than either Lane or Scott, plus it would go a long way towards smoothing over the racial issue in Houston.

Crawford needs to seen as a centerfeild espically since so many Centerfeilds are leaving for free agency. The Twins should be the most active after Crawford. They can send Graza plus other prospect to get him easy.

Crawford needs to be seen as a centerfeild his best postion, espically since so many Centerfeilds are leaving for free agency it would make him more valuable. The Twins should be the most active after Crawford. They can send Graza plus other prospect to get him easy.

"In general though, Crawford to me epitomizes Angels baseball more than any other player not wearing red."

Stay tuned to find out what the hell this means, folks.

Ned Colletti and the Dodgers should consider acquiring Crawford.

I have never seen such a guy who hates young talent like Ned Colletti. His best players are stuck in the minors.

I have never seen such a guy who hates young talent like Ned Colletti. His best players are stuck in the minors.

"In general though, Crawford to me epitomizes Angels baseball more than any other player not wearing red."

yep, and there's 29 other teams in the majors who would probably make the same claim

I'm not sure anyone would actually offer a package for a Rays outfielder that would make the Rays a better team. Like, who's dumb enough to trade pitching anymore? and even if the Rays were to get some average pitcher for Crawford, you're still left with an inadequate offense, so they'll still lose just as much if not a little more.

true that. the rays have a logjam in the outfield but crawford may be the best of the bunch. i think if anyone goes it'll be dukes or baldelli

"For all the talk about how awesome the Devil Rays offense is, they are 14th in runs this year and they were last last year. So I wouldn't make them out to be the Yankees yet."

100 percent right, but still, they have an extremely solid core of young position players in Young, Crawford, Dukes, Upton, Iwamura and Navarro. Im not trying to say guys like Aki and Dioner are studs or anything, but they have some nice upside. Even Johnny Gomes isnt a terrible option in the outfield. They are a very streaky offense. They can go thru streaks where they mash the ball for a few games and then streaks where they couldnt hit a softball. This is to be expected with a young team. Their offense is definitely good enough to give pitching staffs fits on a given night though. I think they could definitely afford to trade one of their position players if they can get a solid starter, or even closer. If they start building a pitching staff now, who knows what happens in a couple years when guys like Upton, Dukes, Crawford, Young and these guys are more seasoned, they can be a dangerous team in 09 or 10 if they figure out how to build a rotation.

Whooops, and I completely forgot my boy Rocko. I agree boom, he probably would be the the one to get dealt, probably because he will be easier to acquire because he seems to be banged up alot.

the angels should offer
santanna(SP),aybar(SS/2B), and hector carrasco(SP/RP) for crawford an any other minor league players. we need someone that can hit in LA vladdy cant do it all by himself.
get crawford now!!!!!

You know, Reggie Willits and Gary Matthews have been doing pretty well at the plate. If you're worried that you aren't getting enough offense from DH, instead of Crawford why not look at Jonny Gomes?
He's stuck on the bench right now but he hit well in 2005 and in 06 before the shoulder injury. could be a good time to buy low.

i know the white sox have been salivating over crawford the past few yrs. and since kenny w can sell a red popsicle to an eskimo wearing white gloves, i wish he could package a starter (buehrle/contreras), any of our bullpen guys (boone logan, macdougal, etc) and an arm from the field, i'd love it. we need to solidify our OF, especiailly LF, and we desperately need speed, OBP, etc, and crawford brings all that to the table.

the angels dont need a gomes,badelli type player

we have plenty of those often injured sometimes good sometimes bad players.
Crawford is that guy badelli or gomes is not an upgrade over what we already have.

That may be but the simple fact is that for quite some time their offense has not been as developed as people would lead you to believe. The Devil Rays are sort of the offense paper champs, the production never matches up to the hype. As soon as somebody else steps up others seem to decline (Aubrey Huff was once a top hitter, and Jorge Cantu and Jonny Gomes have vanished). So they have more work ahead of them than just pitching. I think they're hurt by the lack of 35+ HR hitters.

halo27, I just suggest Gomes cause he might be cheap and could potentially be a nice source of power and OBP. Crawford would be an expensive acquisition and getting him might make the Angels a little worse overall.

I would kill to have crawford on the marlins, the kid is absolutely amazing.

I would love the Astros to go after Crawford...he's from houston and hey that already have a part of their stadium with his name on them...crawford boxes(they're not named after him...I know). The astros would have to give up some young arms like Albers, Guitterez, and probably Luke Scott to get him, but would be well worth it!

how bout a jared weaver for carl crawford deal? thats value for value right there!!

Yeah your right on that, but if the D-Rays get rid of Crawford its going to be for multiple pieces. This is the best trading chip they've had in year....well the one that's going to bring back the most in return.

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