Carl Crawford continues to not let his time in Boston go. Here he is talking to the Boston media — for about the gabillionth time — about how awful it was for him there. There is one new nugget, though. Crawford’s own utter lack of due diligence before committing to play there for seven years of his life:
“I definitely wouldn’t have went to the highest bidder. If I could have done it over again I would have gone into more detail into everything. I didn’t do any research about nothing. I didn’t know much about Boston, only when I played there. If I went into a little more depth as to what I was getting myself into things probably would have been a little different.”
He added, “Once I realized it and I had seven years I didn’t know what to do. It was just one of those things I had to sit out and wait.”
$22 million a year buys a lot of therapy via which, one would hope, one could figure out how to overcome playing baseball in an unpleasant place for a year and a half, but I guess Crawford hasn’t found the right therapist yet.
Oh well. Free agency gives a player great power. And as Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, with great power comes great responsibility. Like, the responsibility of say, Googling “what is it like to play for the Boston Red Sox.” Or picking up the phone and calling someone who might have played for the Boston Red Sox before.
Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be plenty of competition for his services when he finally becomes eligible to enter Major League Baseball.
Matsui also told Thosar that while he hasn’t seen a player find success as a hybrid pitcher/slugger in the majors, he’s taken notice of Otani’s success in both areas. “He’s done well in Japan, so as a baseball fan I’m looking forward to how he’s going to do here in the Majors and in the U.S.,” Matsui said, later adding, “If [pitching and hitting is] something he wants to do, and the team wants it, then why not?”
Neither the Yankees nor any other suitor should be too concerned with Otani’s ability to translate his .332 batting average and 3.20 ERA to MLB — at least, not just yet. There are still a few roadblocks in his path to the major leagues, most notably the lack of approval from the Players Association. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the union doesn’t want to sign off on an agreement that would give the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee in exchange for Otani’s services. According to the posting system rules, Otani himself would be eligible to receive no more than a $4 million signing bonus.
The good news in all of this? The union agreed to reach a final decision by Monday, November 21, so there’s still a chance Major League Baseball will see the talented two-way player bring his unique skillset to the field in 2018.