Carl Crawford Will Be Angels' Top Offseason Priority

The offseason is officially underway, and the top position player on the free agent market is probably ex-Rays outfielder Carl Crawford. There's long been an expectation that Crawford will be heavily pursued by both the Red Sox and the Angels, among others, and Wednesday the Los Angeles Times confirmed the degree of the Angels' interest:

The Angels have identified Crawford as their primary target in free agency, and they are prepared to make the left fielder the first $100-million player in club history.

Though there's no guarantee that Crawford ends up in southern California, the fit would be an excellent one, as he could play alongside Peter Bourjos and Torii Hunter in the outfield, with Bobby Abreu shifting to DH. Crawford and his flashy, dynamic style of play fits the Angels mold, and Mike Scioscia would absolutely love him.

Hunter, for his part, supports the idea, going so far as to say that the Angels "need" Crawford's presence. He and Crawford speak regularly, and it's clear that there's going to be some recruiting going on.

We'll see how this one develops, and it's unlikely to resolve itself quickly, as the Red Sox also have money to spend, and the Yankees may reconsider their position in the event that negotiations go poorly with Cliff Lee.

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