Carl Crawford Has “Long Meeting” With New York Yankees

December 8, 2010 – 1:01 pm by Ryan Phillips

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with free agent outfielder Carl Crawford and his representatives Tuesday night and sources have said it was a long, detail-oriented meeting.

Apparently the Yankees are on the verge of making a huge offer to free agent left-hander Cliff Lee, but if they do not get him, Crawford would immediately become priority No. 1.

Right now, Crawford is the No. 1 priority for the Los Angeles Angels and sources say they have made that clear. No one else is even close to as important as Crawford for the Angels. Could that kind of focus by the Angels sway the 29-year-old left fielder? We don’t know yet. For his part, Crawford hasn’t really said anything during this process.

But how far are the Angels willing to go financially to ensure Crawford’s services? Word has not come out about what they are prepared to offer, but after Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million deal set the bar for outfielders this offseason, you’d have to think Crawford would be looking at something in the neighborhood of eight years and $150 million.

Right now the Yankees and Angels are seen as the front-runners for Crawford, while the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers (Crawford is a Texas native) and Boston Red Sox are also supposedly in the mix. As I stated yesterday, I doubt the Red Sox could ink Crawford to the kind of deal he’s looking for though.

So what does Crawford’s meeting with the Yankees mean? Well, let’s face it, as a baseball player when the Yankees want to talk, you need to listen, if for no other reason than potential financial stability. At the very least the appearance of progress with the Yankees could drive up what other teams are willing to pay to secure Crawford’s services.

As the clear gem of this free agent class among position players, the eight-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Tampa Bay Rays, can wait as long as he wants to get a deal done.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

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