Dodgers May Eat $42 Million And Release Carl Crawford
Ah, the indignities! He was a "throw-in" in The Great Punto Trade, and now Carl Crawford might just be cut loose by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox unloaded Crawford, Nick Punto, Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez (along with about a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in salary) on August 25, 2012. Magic Johnson and company would have to eat $42 million if they release Crawford, but multiple reports are now suggesting it's a good possibility that this will happen. Crawford was a dismal failure in Boston—never able to withstand the crushing fan and media scrutiny that comes with a big-market franchise. In just 161 games over two seasons (2011, 2012), Crawford hit .260 with 14 HRs and a pathetic OBP of .292 (far below his career .291/.332 averages).