The Carl Crawford experiment in Boston was marked by, well nothing good.
The left fielder's time with the Red Sox was marred by injury and poor performance, a combination that appeared even worse in light of a monster contract. For seven years and $142 million deal, the Sox got 161 games over two seasons, batting averages of .255 and .282 (compared to .305 and .307 in the previous two years) and a total of 23 stolen bases (a mark widely short of the 60 he bagged in 2009).
Yet, the Sox did find a willing trade partner to dump off this handsomely paid and underperforming outfielder. The Los Angeles Dodgers took on the cost, along with other expendable parts in Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez.
That latter pair has not expressed any feelings of resentment toward the Red Sox organization, but Crawford is apparently not in the same boat.
The 32-year-old called his time in Boston a bad experience and would highly relish the opportunity to sweep his former squad.
Does Crawford have a legitimate gripe for what happened here in Beantown?
CSNNE's Sean McAdam sure doesn't see his case.
"For a guy who signed a deal of that magnitude to struggle the way he did in his first season and then to miss a good chunk of his second season, I think actually both the media and fans were fairly patient with him and most people were surprised he had that sort of reaction," McAdam said. "I don't think many other people remember it that way, maybe it was just not a good fit, for all the research the Sox did, that he and the Boston market were not a good fit and he's more comfortable here [in L.A.]."
What do you think? Does Crawford have any viable claim for mistreatment in Boston? Offer your thoughts in the comments section.