Crawford Wants To Stay

Last week Rays outfielder Carl Crawford made some ambiguous comments.  One person might say Crawford was hinting he’d leave the Rays after the 2010 season; another might see no such implication.

Yesterday, Crawford clarified, saying he "couldn’t imagine" playing with a team other than the Rays.  He wants to stay, and knows the best is yet to come for the organization.  There haven’t been any extension talks, but he’d listen if the Rays came to him.

I admit this isn’t much of a story.  Who knows how he and the Rays will feel three seasons from now.  Crawford’s a bargain through 2010, but after that his value will be tough to quantify.  How do you value top-notch left field defense, tons of speed, and a bat that may only be slightly above average for his position?

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