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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Rangers talk to Carl Crawford's agent

By Richard Durrett

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Rangers have already met with a bunch of folks on Wednesday, including the agent for free agent outfielder Carl Crawford.

A source confirms the Rangers have talked with Crawford's agent and have some interest in the outfielder. Crawford had 19 homers and 90 RBIs in 154 games and hit .307 with the Rays last season. Crawford is expected to get more than Jayson Werth, who signed a 7-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals this week.

It's unclear if the Rangers could afford both Lee and Crawford, but it's doubtful. ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Yankees are also interested in Crawford and that it's possible they could both fit into the budget. The likely scenario is that Crawford is a bit of a backup plan should the Rangers not get Lee.

This is still early in the process, so we'll see where this leads. But if obtained, Crawford would join an already crowded Rangers' outfield. If he could play center, the Rangers could keep Josh Hamilton in left. It's also possible that Crawford allows manager Ron Washington the freedom to move pieces around so that the DH spot becomes one where a few players float in and out to get them off of their feet.

Crawford is a left-handed bat, though. So we'll see if that impacts things at all. He's an impact player and would certainly make the lineup stronger. But he won't come cheap. We'll keep an eye on it.