Yikes: Carl Crawford wants eight years

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Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford is seeking a deal of at least eight years.

Eeek. My general impression of Carl Crawford: free agent was that just about any deal for him would look pretty good for the first four years but would get a bit ugly in years five and six, if it was a six year deal he was after.  Eight?  That could be ugly stuff. I mean, yes, he’s coming off his best season at the plate so far, but Crawford turns 30 next season.  Do we really think that he’ll be worth $20 million a year or whatever it he gets at age 37 in 2018?  Maybe he’s the next Rickey Henderson and can make it work. But no one is ever wise to bet on anyone being as rare a talent as Rickey Henderson was.

Someone may do it — the Angels and Red Sox are both apparently desperate for outfield help — but I can’t say it would be a great idea to do so.