Red Sox Spend Big on Gonzalez, Crawford

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BY JIM FLINK You're watching multisource sports news analysis from Newsy. “It’s a great move. The Red So...
BY JIM FLINK You're watching multisource sports news analysis from Newsy. “It’s a great move. The Red Sox are...They always reload. But they’re significantly reloading with the two acquisitions they made so far this winter.” (ESPN) That’s New York Yankee’s GM Brian Cashman -- a little jealous -- or a lot. Talking about the bitter rival Red Sox. Beantown is abuzz over Boston’s two newest baseball additions -- free agent First Baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Carl Crawford. Both bit the BoSox bait -- hook, line and sinker. Here’s the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan. “It is indeed a good morning. Carl Crawford has been signed. Seven years, 142. Gotta get beyond the money. If you can live with J.D. Drew for the last several years at 14, you can live with Carl Crawford at 20. ... First you add Adrian Gonzalez. Now you add Carl Crawford. You’re adding two All-Stars. You’re adding two guys who should do very, very well at Fenway.” That may be says ESPN’s Rob Neyer, but c’mon. Seven years? By then, Crawford’s speed will be more -- crawdad-like. “Crawford's coming off his best season, and probably won't ever enjoy another quite as good. Seven years is a long time; $142 million is a lot of money. It's not hard to imagine his OBP (on base percentage) slipping, though, in the last two or three seasons of this seven-season contract. And if Crawford's OBP slips below .340, he probably won't be worth what the Sox are paying him.” So, did the Red Sox overpay over the long-term? MLB****’s Peter Gammons says, it’s all part of the plan Anchor: “We say seven years, what are they doing? But maybe not the worst idea in the world for a guy in his 20s.” Gammons: “Well, they have very strong beliefs, the Red Sox do, that the last peak year is 36. And they have Crawford tied up through the age of 35, and Gonzalez tied up through the age of 34.” Big spenders? No way, says Bloomberg. Big -- shrewd -- savers. Dumping the old. Dropping coin on the present and future. “Boston has replaced the offense lost by the departures of Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre with the bats of the 29-year-old Crawford and the 28-year-old Gonzalez...a move that lowers Boston's 2011 payroll for luxury tax purposes.” So what do you think? Beantown reloading? Or are Boston’s beans -- badly baked? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy