Dodgers have finally designated Carl Crawford for assignment, nearly concluding one of the worst contracts ever.
In 2011, while playing for the Boston Red Sox, Carl Crawford signed a 7 year $142,000,000 contract with a $6,000,000 signing bonus. Before signing that contract, his previous two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays may have justified that type of money. Over 2009-2010, he hit .307, 17 HR, 79 RBI, and 54 SB (season averages).
Crawford’s four seasons with the Dodgers were a slightly different story.
From 2013-2015, Crawford has averaged just 93 games played per year. For purposes of easy comparison, let’s look at his 162 game averages for games played from 2013-2016.
.278 BA, 10 HR, 51 RBI, 25 SB
Even a team with a payroll the size of the Dodgers, a contract like that of Carl Crawford isn’t fun to have hanging over your head. However, the team still has to pay the remainder of his contract, which will be about $22 million in 2017 (along with remainder of this year’s salary) and he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018. Crawford is only 34 years old, and you’d like to think he could have a couple more years of ball in him after becoming a free agent, but with his breaking down body, having earned $180 million by the end of his contract, it’s tough to believe he’ll continue to try to play, likely playing for a wimpy couple million dollars after 2017.