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Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 7:20 pm
By Matt Snyder

The Red Sox offseason soap opera added another chapter Friday afternoon when owner John Henry went on a local radio station to discuss his team. The whole thing was a bad idea if you ask me, but hey, it's his organization. He has the right to constantly keep it in the news, even if it's for negative reasons.

Click here to listen to the full interview via CBS Boston.

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The big news from the appearance was easily Henry saying he was not supportive of signing left fielder Carl Crawford last offseason. Crawford signed a seven-year, $142 million contract and then went on to easily have the worst season of his career. Henry is the owner -- you know, the guy who actually pays the players. If he didn't want to spend $142 million, he could have said he didn't want to spend $142 million when the deal actually happened. Henry later said in the interview that ownership doesn't discuss players, only "financial issues." So it's possible he just told his personnel guys how much money they could spend and stayed out of everything. It just seems odd to try and save face for a signing when he's the top dog.

While we're here, it's a bit absurd how much ire general manager Theo Epstein has drawn for the Crawford signing. Yes, he was awful in 2011, but no one had a crystal ball. Here is what Crawford's average season was from 2004-2010: .301/.344/.461, 27 doubles, 13 triples, 14 home runs, 73 RBI, 95 runs, 49 stolen bases. He was also a Gold Glove left fielder and only 29 years old. Considering he'd be moving to a better lineup and better hitter's park, there was every reason to believe he'd be even better. You can say they overpaid for those numbers, and they probably did, but that's what the Yankees and Red Sox do. The fact that Crawford was a bust in '11 is on Crawford, not Epstein, Henry or anyone else. And it will honestly be pretty surprising if Crawford doesn't bounce back with a good season in 2012.

Anyway, here are some more highlights of the interview:

• On the Boston Globe article that said manager Terry Francona was distracted by marital and prescription drug problems during the season: “It’s reprehensible that was written about in the first place,” said Henry (CBS Boston). “If it’s someone within the team, and that’s what it says in the newspaper, I’m upset about it. And I’ve been upset about it.”

• Francona was not fired: “That is just factually incorrect,” Henry said of the firing talk (CBS Boston). “We didn’t fire him. He told us in the first meeting we had with him, he was not the voice to lead this team.”

• Henry said the starting pitching failed, but that Josh Beckett is one of the most competitive players he's ever met. He also said he's going to talk to the team about leadership in the clubhouse.

• On Epstein: "I would have loved for Theo to be our GM for the next 20 years. ... I did everything I could personally to make that happen."

• "I think the chaos that's going on is much more external than internal. The Red Sox aren't in ashes. That's not how we feel about it."

• Henry believes Epstein never saw himself as the long-term GM due to the demands of the job.

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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 3:13 pm

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

OH MY GOD! If you guys haven't yet listened...listen to this audio. I can't believe this is an owner of a major franchise!!!  Ignorant and rude. What a joke!

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:18 pm

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Mr Henry is in total damage control at this point. Then of course like most bad managers or owners of a business they look to blame everyone else. Wanted Epstein for the next 20 years? Francona was not fired? No leadership in the clubhouse? Sounds a lot like someone who just wants to cash the checks and at the signs of trouble he needs a scapegoat or many of them. He should have been out in front of this.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 10:36 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

How do you ruin baseball economy by adding money to it? Isn't it by not putting money into it like some of these greedy owners who refuse to spend and invest?

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:58 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Even the best season of Carl Crawford's career would not be worth even half the money the Redsox are paying him.  What a dimwit this Epstein must be.  I hope the Cubs get him.  He could be good for the Cardinals and the entire Central Division.

Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: October 17, 2011 8:49 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Ezmover your comments are completely wrong.  If you look back to 2002 its when the Yankees began upping their payroll and on the path to destroying the economy of baseball.  In 2001 the Yanks were tied with Boston at 109 million.  In 2002 while Boston went down to 108, NYY went to 125-- 17 million higher than the #2 team.  In 2003 they went to 152 million-- 35 million more than the Mets who were #2.  In 2004 they went to 182 million-- 57 million more than Boston at 125.  In 2005 they crossed the 200 million mark at 205, beating #2 Boston by 84 million.  After that teams began paying more for players to keep the Yankees from getting them.  To say that it was the small market teams overpaying for mediocre players is what caused the big market teams to overpay is completely retarded.  Its the Yankees trying to buy championships who have thrown the economics of baseball completely off kilter.  And who ultimately pays for this?  The fans. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 7:03 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Were the Angels smart to pay Vernon Wells 26.1M$ this year? How about 18M$ for Tori Hunter?9M for Abreua?How about 8M$ for Joel Pinero?My point is even the semi-good teams are over-paying mediocre players, Tampa Bay excluded.That's one reason why team's like NY & Boston have to overpay good players.Let's say LA offer's Carl Crawford 75 M for 6 years. If Boston, NY, Philly, want Crawford, they have no choice but to up the ante.In other words owners of these teams just didn't wake up one day & think--I'm gonna offer so & so 100M$ today. NY, Boston & the other big spending teams didn't start the escalation of saleries.They just finished it.Rather finished it would be a better term because it's not over yet & there's no end in sight.There's a very good crop of free agents this year & by April MLB will have even more multi-millionaires playing the most enjoyable game ever invented.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:33 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Thoughts on Lackey.  He turned into a punk in Anaheim.  The Angels were smart to let him (and K-Rod) go when they did and not let these players hold them up for big bucks.  Angels ran out of gas at the end, but Lackey sure didn't earn his dough in Boston now, did he?

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:31 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Let's get rid of some management (even though they have done nothing wrong) and start criticising some players (which does not help for next year) and show absolutely zero team spirit whatosever.
To take such a position, you must have no idea what is happening with the organization and fanbase. Management did nothing wrong except overspend for junk players (general management) and fail to control the clubhouse (team management) when players were taking liberties and slacking off while the season went down the tubes. As for criticizing players, may I ask what people should be doing after the worst regular season collapse in baseball history? Should we be applauding the players for having no unity or fortitude and turing the franchise from paradigm to laughinstock? The same questions can be applied in response to showing no "team spirit". The fanbase is pissed off because the team quit on them and any self-respecting Red Sox fan should be pissed. Those with "team spirit" right now can go listen to Sweet Caroline and buy some commemorative Fenway bricks because it will take major changes before many people are able to root for this team again despite the text on the front of their uniforms.

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: October 17, 2011 1:31 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Gee, Henry.  Hindsight is 20/20.  What if Crawford had had an MVP year?  Besides the fact that you idiot owners continue to overpay these athletes puts the blame squarely on you and no one else.  Francona was right to leave Boston.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:57 am

Red Sox owner Henry was against Crawford signing

Not that it matters, but the best AL teams were in the Central & West. Red Sox, even had they made it lose to the Rangers, they Rangers are going to a 2nd straight WS. As for the NL, I think the Phillies beat the Brewers had the draws been that way. Not sure if the Phillies could've changed the outcome any in a NLCS though against the Cardinals in a 7 game series ? Teams that are going to advance or even win a WS are going to score double digits in the series more than once. What the Giants pulled off in 2010 is rare, but when they finally got into the WS, they not only pitched the Rangers into submission, their bats got them run support.

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