GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Injuries and inconsistency plagued Carl Crawford during his two seasons in Boston. Playing in one of the toughest environments in baseball didn't help his confidence much, either.
Now he's ready to show the Los Angeles Dodgers and the rest of baseball that he can again be the player who was a four-time All-Star before those two lost seasons in Boston.
Crawford was a top-notch outfielder during his nine seasons with Tampa Bay, setting him up for a $142 million, seven-year, free-agent contract with the Red Sox.
After struggling for two seasons in Boston, Crawford was traded to the Dodgers last August in a blockbuster deal.
Coming off elbow surgery, he enters spring training feeling as though he's gotten a fresh start in Los Angeles.