As the top free agent position player on the market, Carl Crawford continues to look for a new home. The athletic 29-year-old outfielder is coming off a year in which he put up an .851 OPS and 47 steals, and he and his agent are searching for a very long contract.
The extent of Crawford's demands have already likely pushed the Red Sox out of contention, as they're focused more on signing Adrian Gonzalez to a long-term contract and already have a lot of money tied up in guys like Josh Beckett and John Lackey. And now it seems another Crawford suitor is dropping out as well, as the Detroit Tigers are presently backing away.
The Tigers weren't considered a favorite for Crawford at any point, but they were paying attention from the sidelines as they're in the market for an upgrade to an outfield that currently only features Austin Jackson as a capable everyday starter. The team now isn't interested unless Crawford's demands come down, which they may never do.
The Angels remain a strong possibility for Crawford. Other teams, like the Yankees and Rangers, are also keeping a close watch on the star player.