Get the details on the flip about oft-injured outfielder Carl Crawford…
According to reports, the Dodgers have 10 days to trade, waive or release Crawford. Given the 14-year veteran’s declining skills and the chunk left on a seven-year, $142-million contract that runs through 2017, that period is expected to end with Crawford’s release.
Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, said:
“Carl’s entire career, he’s worked really hard and played really hard, and ultimately that takes a toll on your body.”
“We just felt we had gotten to a point where this made the most sense for all parties involved.”
Crawford, acquired from Boston in the nine-player trade that netted first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in August 2012, played in only 30 games this season, batting .185 with a .230 on-base percentage, .235 slugging percentage, no home runs and six runs batted in.
The LA Times reports:
He began the season as a reserve, and with young outfielder Trayce Thompson emerging as a lineup mainstay, Howie Kendrick getting more starts in left field and reserve outfielder Scott Van Slyke coming off the disabled list Friday, Crawford was reduced to an even more limited role.
“It’s one of those things where Father Time gets everyone,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “This game is about performance. If you’re not performing now, and as an organization, we don’t see that changing, then we have to go in a different direction.”
Crawford was a four-time All-Star and one-time Gold Glove-Award winner in nine years at Tampa Bay, where he compiled a slash line of .296/.337/.444 with 104 homers, 592 RBIs and 409 stolen bases from 2002-2010.
But playing on the unforgiving artificial turf of Tropicana Field took a toll on Crawford, who in late April said, “I’m lucky I’m still walking the way I’m walking now.”
Crawford suffered back, wrist, elbow, hamstring and rib-cage injuries and has been on the disabled list seven times in the past six years. He averaged 147 games in each of his full seasons with the Rays; he has averaged 90 games since then.
“Carl was one of the most dynamic players in baseball,” said Friedman, a Rays executive from 2006-2014. “He was an elite athlete with really good bat-to-ball skills and a tremendous defender.