Free agent Carl Crawford has generated a ton of interest, to no one's surprise, as the 29-year-old entered the market at his peak. According to Ken Rosenthal, though, while plenty of elite-level teams are looking at Crawford as a potential solution, he is no longer a great possibility for the Red Sox.
On the heels of the Adrian Gonzalez trade, the Red Sox will be looking to sign Gonzalez to a huge extension, and they do not plan on having the budget room to add another player of Crawford's caliber. It's certainly possible, of course, but after Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals for seven years and $126 million, Crawford's contract demands may have been driven too high. Crawford is known to be seeking an eight-year contract, and if Werth can get seven and $18 million per, Crawford will be less likely to settle.
The Red Sox have big money tied up in several long-term contracts. Aside from the contract they're expected to give to Gonzalez, they already have $75 million tied up in 2012 payroll, with John Lackey and Josh Beckett looking like expensive mistakes.