Finally back in front of a computer.
Great job by Pete Abraham breaking the story. Carl Crawford is with the Red Sox as the highest-paid outfielder in baseball history. Seven years, $142 million. It’s a great addition for the Boston lineup.
Brian Cashman simply shrugged.
The Yankees general manager said the signing has no impact on his team’s plans for the winter. The Yankees were never really in the Crawford hunt. During my brief conversation with him, Cashman never specifically said the Yankees were bluffing, but that was certainly the feeling I got.
Let there be no doubt, Cashman and Crawford had dinner Tuesday night. The two sides were talking. But baseball’s offseason is its own sort of game. The Yankees have been making vague references to Plan B, which might also have been a bit of gamesmanship.
The Yankees have their target. And he’s still on the market.