When the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox finalized their nine player trade last season that shook up the foundation in both the American League and the National League, one question mark in all of it was Carl Crawford. At the time of the trade, Crawford was out indefinitely after undergoing Tommy John surgery. There were certainly a few questions regarding Crawford’s ability, especially considering the fact he isn’t a young player anymore. Crawford was 31 at the time of the trade and is currently 32 years of age. Fast forward to opening day 2013 and Carl was not only ready to man left field, he was ready to answer any and all questions the Dodgers may have had.
Crawford batted lead-off for Los Angeles the majority of his time in the lineup, and he did it at a very high level. There wasn’t one particular thing Crawford did amazing, but he sure did a lot of things well. He didn’t hit many home runs (six) or drive in many runners (31), but he managed to get over 100 hits (123) for the tenth time in his 12-year big league career with quite a few doubles (30) and he had a very solid .283 batting average. In the postseason, Crawford was very good for the Dodgers as well. He ranked first or was tied for first on the team in runs, hits and home runs, and he was second in RBI.
Carl’s first year with Los Angeles could have been a little bit better if it wasn’t for nagging injuries and a stint on the disabled list that led to him missing close to two months of action combined. If 2013 is any indication of things to come, Crawford will continue batting lead-off in 2014 for the Dodgers, and everyone in the Dodgers organization should fully expect another solid year from Carl.