The viral internet sensation with more core strength than anyone I personally know has inked a contract with the Oakland A's. Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes joins a trio of outfielders acquired via trades (Colin Cowgill, Seth Smith, and Josh Reddick), one added through free agency (Jonny Gomes) and one re-signed by the club (Coco Crisp). When factoring in that the club has converted shortstop to center fielder Grant Green playing in Triple-A, Michael Taylor flanking him in a corner outfield position at Sacramento, and top prospect Michael Choice in Double-A and coming off a monster Arizona Fall League performance, and I'm left scratching my head. Regardless, as a wise man once said, it is what it is.
Skeptics Say: It might not get better. The most obvious reason to cite for Crawford's failure last season was playing for a new team in a new environment. Obviously dealing with the pressure in Boston is much different from the pressure of Tampa, and perhaps Crawford isn't cut out for a large market team. And as he now moves toward his age 30 season, the question becomes is the end going to come faster for him than it would for the average player who doesn't rely on the tools that Crawford has. According to Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, Crawford is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. When a report like that comes out before Spring Training, shouldn't we expect it to be much worse than a game or two that he'll miss?