Report: The Angels may have matched Boston’s offer for Carl Crawford

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Doesn’t matter much now, but depending on who you talk to, the Angels may have matched Boston’s offer to Carl Crawford. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has heard both sides.

One source tells Edes that Crawford’s agents set an 11 p.m. deadline on Wednesday night. The ultimatum? Crawford would sign if the Red Sox or Angels offered the magic number(s) of seven years and $142 million.

Red Sox owner John Henry eventually signed off on the deal and the team sent along their offer at 10:50 p.m., just 10 minutes before the arbitrary deadline. The Angels eventually made the very same offer, but by the time they did, Crawford had already committed to Boston. And scene.

Another major league source disputes that the Angels matched Boston’s offer at all. According to Edes, the source says that the last offer they made was a six-year, $108 million contract with an $18 million vesting option for a seventh year, pushing the total potential worth to $126 million.

This is fun in retrospect, but if Edes’ second source is correct, the Angels were never the front-runners we originally thought they were.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.