Carl Crawford, yesterday:
Crawford said today that he would be open to a long-term deal with
the Rays this winter and said he “would like to be a part of” the Rays’
future. He noted that that wasn’t the case before last season, but he has
confidence that the organization remains headed in the right direction
and won’t regress to its old ways.
“I hope we can get something done,” he said.
Rays boss Andrew Friedman, last night:
“We are very pleased to hear C.C.’s comments. Consistent with our policy, we do not
speak publicly about contract negotiations but obviously we have a
tremendous amount of respect for Carl both on and off the field. He
has been a big part of our past success and I expect he will be a big
part of our future success as well.”
OK, so they don’t comment about contract negotiations, but I think that speaks loud and clear all the same. Crawford has a $10 million option for next year. The Rays will almost certainly pick that up. From what it sounds like, however, they’re almost certainly going to add some years on that for their speedy left fielder as well.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.