The Red Sox made a surprising signing last night, agreeing to terms with former Tampa outfielder Carl Crawford on a seven year contract that will pay out about $142 million over that span.
Peter Abraham and The Boston Globe were the first to report this story last night around midnight.
With Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez on board, it’s been a productive (and expensive) week for the Red Sox. You’d think they’d be using their own outlet, NESN to pump up this news, but I go the following email this morning from a reader:
Can’t believe what I’m seeing right now… While CSNNE went live at 1:00am with a live report on the Crawford signing… NESN at 5:30 am still is running a repeat from the day before where they predict Crawford signing with the Angels!! The Red Sox’s own network… Shame on them… At least run a commercial inside of misinformation!!!!
If true, that’s a dropped ball by NESN.
I did get a note from NESN that there will be a special edition of Red Sox Hot Stove LIVE tonight at 6 PM with Tom Caron, Jerry Remy and Peter Gammons. The program will include a one-on-one interview with Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.
The show will be the fifth Red Sox Hot Stove Live show that NESN has produced since Saturday.
Sox sign up Crawford for $142m – Here is Abraham’s story in the Globe today.
Red Sox to ink Carl Crawford – Gordon Edes notes that Crawford is the first player in the John Henry era to be given a seven year contract.
Crawford signing virtually the perfect move for Red Sox – Brian MacPherson approves the move.
Peppers piqued Pats interest but Bears won out – Tom E Curran says that you can blame Adalius Thomas for the Patriots not signing Julius Peppers.
Patriots must bear down against this line – Greg A Bedard says that the Bears will be a stiff test for the Patriots.
This is not your father’s Soldier Field – Mark Farinella has the Patriots making their first trip to Soldier Field since 2000.
Faulk a patient Patriot while knee heals – Andy Vogt has Kevin Faulk trying to support his teammates during his rehab.
Celtics defense continues to dominate – A Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics cranking up the defense against the Denver Nuggets.
Kevin Garnett shows again why he’s The Big Ticket – Steve Bulpett looks at another big performance from KG.
As a heads up, things might be a little inconsistent around here for the next few weeks. My dad had a heart attack the other night, and my wife is set to give birth to our second son here in the next couple weeks. There’s a lot to do around here, but I’ll do my best to keep things rolling here on the site as well.