Carl Crawford is in no hurry

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Ken Rosenthal takes a look at the free agent class as it’s currently constituted and observes that Carl Crawford may wait to sign — possibly until after Cliff Lee signs — in order ensure the maximum number of teams are in on the bidding, including the Yankees.

I don’t think the Yankees will ever be a serious bidder for Crawford, simply because I think they’re happy with their outfield the way it is.  It seems to me that the real competition for Crawford will be between Anaheim and Boston.  Luckily for Crawford, the biggest competition in the market — Jayson Werth, repped by Scott “The Human Free Agency Rain Delay” Boras — isn’t likely to sign any time soon himself, thereby keeping the options open.

If something weird happens, though, and Werth signs quickly, Crawford may find that he only has one or two real options out there willing to pay what he’s looking for.  Not a big risk, I don’t think — Crawford is, to use some hacky agent’s term — a special player. But I do hope his negotiating strategy isn’t premised on getting the Yankees involved.

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to the Mariners

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The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve traded lefty Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.

Boston had acquired Elias in the same trade that netted them reliever Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro back in December of 2015. Since that time Elias has not been a part of the Red Sox’ plans, pitching in just four big league games — eight innings total — in all of 2016 and 2017 and not making an appearance for the big club this season. He was pretty solid for Pawtucket in 2016 but 2017 was largely lost to injuries.

Now he’s headed back to Seattle where, once upon a time, Elias posted a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie for the Mariners.