What’s next for Carl Crawford?

The Los Angeles Dodgers designated outfielder Carl Crawford for assignment on Sunday which likely means the end of his tenure with the team after being acquired from the Red Sox in August 2012. Crawford’s first year with the Dodgers went well as he hit .283 with 28 home runs, but his numbers have dramatically declined and he is hitting only .185 in 30 games with Los Angeles this season. Crawford has struggled with injuries the past few years as he has struggled to find a consistent role in a Dodgers outfield that includes Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, and Andre Ethier. The Dodgers had a big decision to make by either playing him regularly or have him and the $35 million remaining as a 4th outfielder the next 2 seasons. Crawford might still have some production left and he could be useful as a regular outfielder for an MLB team, but he is unlikely to be claimed off waivers since to team really wants to pay his outrageous salary. The Dodgers will likely try to trade him in order to at least get something for him, but not many teams will want to take on a large portion of his salary and give up something in return. The Dodgers probably don’t want to assign him to play in Triple-A this year if he is making $13 million and not contributing at the MLB level and Crawford can elect free agency if he is optioned to Triple-A anyway. It certainly appears that Crawford will be released by the Dodgers very soon and Crawford will have an opportunity to sign elsewhere and possibly have a bigger role than he has had with the Dodgers. If Crawford is released, keep an eye on the Kansas City Royals as a potential landing spot. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon will be out for awhile with an injury and they are struggling to find the depth in order to replace him. Crawford could provide the same production as Gordon and even when Gordon comes back from injury then Crawford could provide some quality depth as a 4th outfielder. At 34 years old his career of being a regular outfielder are over, but if a team needs some outfield depth or a temporary replacement for an injured player then Crawford is certainly a tremendous option.

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