Monday, February 20, 2012

Crawford Still Possible For Opening Day

In a recent interview, Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford stated that he may be healthy enough to play on Opening Day. Earlier this offseason, we learned that Crawford had had surgery on his left wrist. Crawford had a very disappointing year in 2011 in all facets of the game. In 2010, Crawford had a career year with the Rays, going .307/19/90 with a .356 OBP and .495 SLG. In the field he also excelled, with a remarkable 18.2 UZR in 154 games. That offseason, he signed a gigantic 7 year/$142 million contract with the Red Sox and it all went south from there. Last season, he put up career lows all across the board with a .255/11/55 stat line plus a measly .289 OBP and .405 SLG. In the field, he also declined with a -2.2 UZR-- however, he was playing the tough left field in Fenway Park so that is partially forgiven. Hopefully, Crawford rebounds from a tough 2011-- he is too good of a baseball player to just fall off a cliff in my opinion.

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