Outfielder Carl Crawford believes moving from the Rays to the Red Sox will be no big deal,
“There won't be many adjustments, except to the cold,” Crawford told reporters at his introductory news conference. “The AL East is so exciting and I really wanted to stay in the AL East. When I heard Boston was interested, I was definitely excited.”
But as Washington Post columnist Tom Boswell observed, Boston hasn’t been kind to Crawford over the years: “In lopsided Fenway Park, which works against all his tendencies as a hitter, Crawford has only hit one home run every 85 at-bats. In 338 career plate appearances in Fenway, a large sample over many years, he has an ugly .275/.301/.406 line.
“Crawford's other flaw is that his career numbers against left-handed pitching are even worse than his stats in Fenway. Now, in the same lineup with lefties such as David Ortiz, J.D. Drew, Adrian Gonzalez and Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox will see every team's southpaws. Calling CC Sabathia. And Andy Pettitte and Cliff Lee?”
Tropicana Field was no fun for fans, but Crawford built a nice career there. It’ll be interesting to see how he adapts his offensive game to new surroundings.
Can he develop power to the opposite field? That would help him immensely in Boston, but he has just seven opposite field homers in career.
Fantasy player need to pay attention to this while building their 2011 ratings.
Elsewhere, two players could suffer while leaving Fenway Park for new homes.