Then general manager Theo Epstein thought he was getting a player that hit .296, 104 home runs and stole 406 bases in just eight and a half seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. Unfortunately, Crawford didn’t produce while in Boston as his average dipped .52 points in his first year with the team, and his numbers across the board were embarrassing.
After a slow start to 2011 Red Sox Nation was convinced that it was just a rough start for the switch-hitting slugger that would surely break out of the slump. Now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Crawford will have to atone his two-year-long struggles with the Red Sox. The Gold-Glove winner underwent Tommy John surgery on August 23rd of 2012, which caused him to miss the rest of the year, and he is a question mark for opening day in 2013.
In my mind, Crawford has the worst contract in all of baseball, and will be a detriment to a Dodgers team that may have spent money in all of the wrong places. His return is not yet clear; however, if he hits the abysmal 9 home-runs that he has in the last two seasons combined, it won’t make much of a difference.
With his opening day status still up in the air, the team will look to Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston, Jr to fill the void in left field–if one of these two play well enough, the job may not be Crawford’s when he returns.