Boston, MA – The Boston Red Sox have called a news conference for 10 a.m. (et) Saturday to introduce their newest acquisition - speedy outfielder Carl Crawford.
The deal is for a reported seven years and is worth a total of $142 million.
A four-time All-Star, Crawford had spent his entire nine-year career with the Tampa Bay Rays and is arguably the best player in that franchise's history.
He had another terrific season in 2010, hitting .307 and setting career-highs with 19 home runs, 90 RBI and 110 runs scored. His eight four-hit games were a major league-high.
Crawford, who also won a Gold Glove for the first time in his career, stole 47 bases last season and has led the American League four times in that category. His 13 triples this past season also led the league.
A second-round pick by the Rays in 1999, Crawford is a lifetime .296 hitter with 104 home runs, 592 RBI, 765 runs scored with 105 triples and 409 stolen bases in 1,235 games.
The Red Sox have made a few moves to reshape their roster. They also acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from San Diego on Monday, and on Friday officially brought back veteran backstop Jason Varitek on a one-year deal.