Ex-teammate Baldelli on Crawford deal

December, 9, 2010
Reaction to Carl Crawford's agreeing to a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox from former Rays teammate (and former Red Sox) Rocco Baldelli:

“First of all, I’m sure he’s really pleased,” Baldelli said. “I’m sure he’s happy to be with a team that has a history like the Red Sox do and will have a chance to win every year, because I know how much Carl enjoyed being in a winning environment as opposed to what he played with earlier in his career. I’m sure he’s pleased with the compensation too.

“I think it’ll work out just fine for him. He’ll adapt pretty easily because he focuses on what he has to do and he’s a hard worker. He’s not going to let anything get in his way of being successful.

“Behind the scenes they’re going to get one of the hardest working ballplayers in the league. There’s nobody out there that going to give himself a better chance to succeed than Carl is. They’re going to get one of the best defensive left fielders that I’ve ever seen in baseball. He’s one of the best defensive outfielders in all of baseball. They’re going to get a guy who is an exciting player, probably as exciting a player as there is. He’s going to be active and he’s going to make things exciting. People are going to appreciate everything he does.”

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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