Friday, February 26, 2010

Crawford, Rays Halt Talks Until After Season

From Mark Topkin:
Unable to reach a deal now, the Rays and Carl Crawford have decided to table any further negotiations on a new contract until after the season.

“We had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the club about a contract extension for Carl and it was clear to all of us that an immediate agreement was not going to materialize," agent Brian Peters told the St. Petersburg Times this afternoon. “Thus, we all agreed to table discussions until the end of the year. We’d like to minimize distractions for Carl and the club and keep the focus on baseball, so we don’t plan to comment upon Carl’s contract status again until after the season.”
This opens the door to two things: the Yankees now know they can wait until after this season to make their push for Crawford, who will hit the free agent market or they could possibly trade for him at the deadline if the Rays are out of it. If the Yankees want Crawford I think they're going to get him.

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