Red Sox introduce Carl Crawford

December, 11, 2010

BOSTON -- It's official.

The Boston Red Sox introduced left fielder Carl Crawford during a news conference Saturday morning at Fenway Park. Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein and the four-time All-Star agreed to terms during the winter meetings Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Crawford passed his physical Friday in Boston and then signed his seven-year deal worth $142 million.

“I’m extremely pleased to make [official announcement],” said Epstein.

As Crawford put on his No. 13 jersey, he shook Epstein’s hand and said: “It’s nice to be on board.”

“I’m very excited about coming to Boston,” Crawford said.

The newest member of the Red Sox said it was very important to stay in the AL East because of his familiarity and desire to playing with and against the best players in the league.

“There won’t be many adjustments, except to the cold,” Crawford said with a laugh.

“The AL East is so exciting and really wanted to stay in the AL East, when I heard Boston was interested, I was definitely excited.”

When the Sox brass met with Crawford in Texas, he felt it was an immediate fit.

“[Epstein] came to Houston and was real genuine that he wanted me,”

Crawford said he couldn’t ask for a better situation, and Epstein agreed.

“He’s a game changer and we’re excited to have him,” Epstein said.

The Tampa Bay Rays originally selected Crawford in the second round of the 1999 draft. During his big league career with the Rays, he hit .296 with 215 doubles, 105 triples, 104 homers, 592 RBIs and 409 stolen bases in 1,235 games.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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