A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press late Wednesday the agreement was subject to Crawford passing a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet finalized.
Roche: Sox Make A Splash
On Monday, the Red Sox announced they had acquired slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in a trade with San Diego. Boston’s big deals came after they failed to make the playoffs and will certainly increase pressure on the Yankees to make a splash – that could mean Cliff Lee.
“It’s not going to change the way we allocate our money,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said past midnight.
Yet Crawford’s deal had to sting him. On Tuesday night, Cashman dined with the longtime Tampa Bay star. The Los Angeles Angels also pursued Crawford.
Hours earlier, New York made its first offer to Lee, a six-year proposal worth nearly $140 million. It was easy to tell how eager the Yankees are to sign the prize pitcher.
“Hannibal Lecter in a straitjacket right now, waiting on this Cliff Lee thing,” Cashman said.
The speedy Crawford is a four-time All-Star and just won his first Gold Glove. He hit .307 with 19 home runs, an AL leading 13 triples and 90 RBIs for Tampa Bay last season. He scored 110 runs and stole 47 bases.
A dynamic player at 29, he has spent his entire major league career with the Rays. He is the franchise leader in several categories, including hits, RBIs, runs and steals.
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