Olney On Crawford, Rangers, D’Backs

Home field advantage in the Division Series and League Championship Series hasn't given teams the advantage you might expect, as ESPN.com's Buster Olney shows. But the Rays, Yankees and Twins presumably want home field advantage anyways and there's no question that the teams' respective owners would like the extra revenue. Here are the rest of Olney's rumors:

  • Some MLB executives expect the Red Sox and Angels to get into a bidding war over Carl Crawford this offseason. He’d be a good fit on either team, though Mike Cameron would likely become a bench player if the Red Sox signed Crawford or Jayson Werth.
  • High-ranking executives wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rangers’ payroll rise to $90-100MM. The team opened the 2010 season with a $65MM payroll, so that would be a substantial increase.
  • There seems to be a very good chance that Adam LaRoche and Mark Reynolds, who have combined  to strike out 375 times this season, will not be on the D’Backs in 2011. LaRoche will probably hit free agency this winter, but Reynolds has $13MM remaining on his contract and would have to be traded.


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29 Comments on "Olney On Crawford, Rangers, D’Backs"


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bbxxj
4 years 9 months ago

I wonder how much in terms of prospects the D-Backs would demand in return for Reynolds. He is going to start making a sizable salary for a team like the D-Backs, his K rate is a crazy 41.9%, hits under .200, and UZR puts him as a below average 3B but he does have legit 30-40 HR power and his walk rate is actually very good at 13.9% so his OBP isn’t completely horrendous.

A team like the Braves who are loaded with OBP contact guys might have interest in Reynolds as someone to power in some of the ducks on the pond. He has played some OF in the past and looking at his SB numbers he has some speed and therefore maybe some range. Even if he ‘starts’ in LF he would see plenty of time subing for Chipper at 3B and being the RH compliment to Freeman at 1B.

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

I’d love to have Reynolds on the Braves, he’s the right-handed power bat that we need. There’s some terribly concerning things about him though, like his total inability to make consistent contact. All he has to do to be an elite power hitter is bat .260, but can he do that?

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JDortmunder
4 years 9 months ago

I doubt the RS will be serious about Crawford. They likely will be more interested in middle-order power –like Werth– although I don’t think they’ll be involved in a bidding war for him either.

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dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

I disagree. The Red Sox have so much money coming off the books and they want to build a team that’s going to contend for many years to come this offseason. Sort of like what the Yankees did two years ago with signing Texeria.

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EarlyMorningBoxscore
4 years 9 months ago

I agree with you. I think the Sox will be very active this off-season. Especially with missing out on the playoffs this year.

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Mitch_Cole173
4 years 9 months ago

The Sox wil definitely inquire on Werth, but will be more serious about Crawford. Like DC said, they’re looking for a player that they can use to help build a contending team that will be good for the foreseeable future. Crawford lacks the power that Werth has, but he’s the better all-around guy. If they’re really serious about getting a middle of the order guy that isn’t Jayson Werth, expect to see the Adrian Gonzalez rumors start up again this winter (not gonna happen until at least July, more likely when he hits FA). With the amount of money they have, they want to build around a combination of good-great players on the FA market and they’re good prospects (Kalish, Kelly, Rizzo. Westmoreland?) but, don’t be surprised to see Beltre and V-Mart return. Beltre has already said where he goes will be a family-based decision, and they could convince him with enough money that it’s best to stay in Boston, and Martinez is a known sucker for the team he’s playing for. I expect to see a WS contender out of the Red Sox next year, and if not, boston fans will call for Theo’s head (they already are for some reason, though)

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BoSoXaddict
4 years 9 months ago

It always saddens me when people mention Westmoreland’s name in trade scenarios and talk about him like he’s still one the Sox’ top prospects. No one seems to realize that there is a VERY good chance this kid never plays pro baseball again :(

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Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

I, for one, can’t wait to trade my prospects for a $13M player who strikes out over 200 times per season. Where do I sign up?

Guest
4 years 9 months ago

Don’t you mean that you can’t wait to trade prospects for a $5MM player who despite hitting under .200, still managed to hit over 30HR with a decent OBP? There’s risks involved with Reynolds, but the reward/upside is amazing with this kid.

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Fangaffes
4 years 9 months ago

/Checks Cots/

Yes, I suppose I do. $5M next year and $7.5M the year after. Still do not want.

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johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

As much as would like to see an all around talent such as Crawford on the Sox, just think about what the cost is going to be even if the NYY decide for some weird reason to not get involved.. Anaheim had it’s worst season in years and is going to be looking to improve at an area they are the worst at.. OF and Crawford fixes a BIG problem for them much more so than he fixes for Boston, so figure they are going to be full tilt spend mode if the Yanks are out on him. 80-90m over 5 years perhaps? Is a to be 30YO corner OF that makes his living with speed worth 5 years and that kind of money? A Johnny Damon type that Boston let walk when he was 32YO, same skill set and wanting 12M per season back in 2006? Think about it long and hard before committing 16-18m per season to an almost identical player only 2 years younger.

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4 years 9 months ago

That ‘weird’ reason the Yankees decide not to go after CC or Werth is that they have 3 quality outfielders all under team control past 2011.

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johnsilver
4 years 9 months ago

Oh yes, but I imagine you put lefty swinging Crawford in yankee stadium and all of a sudden you have the false power of Johnny Damon all over again, 2 years younger and Crawford still capable of stealing 50+ bases for 2-3 more seasons and a superior defender as compared to what Damon was by the time his body was pretty much worn out when the Yanks got him from going all out of defense previously.

It would also free up the Yanks to move an affordable Swisher or Granderson for that 3rd starter to go behind Sabathia, the soon to be acquired Lee, Hughes and Burnett as well since the FA market has pretty much nothing that looks like it could help in the tough AL east and either of those are an A+ chip.

Not that i want Crawford in NY, or Boston either for that matter at 80M.. Anaheim would be perfect and let the Yanks find another pitcher on their own.

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MadmanTX
4 years 9 months ago

Of course the Rangers payroll will rise, since they will be signing Cliff Lee to a new deal.