The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford has been designated for assignment, which makes him a designated free agent. The Dodgers will still be on the hook for the remaining portion of Crawford’s contract of approximately $35 million, that runs through 2017.
Crawford, has suffered various injuries and was hitting just .185 and an on base percentage of .230 in 30 games this season, which prompted a change by the front office. There are also many other factors that played into Crawford’s release.
The Dodgers’ new front office have been shopping both Andre Ethier and Crawford for the better part of two seasons in attempt to shed payroll and get younger. Another factor was the logjam in the outfield position. You can imagine if you have five or six players fighting for three spots that if someone is playing poorly they will be replaced.
The biggest factor might have been the emergence of Trayce Thompson who has been outstanding for the Dodgers since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox this offseason. Thompson has been one of the few bright spots on this Dodgers team that has struggled with consistency on offense. He is batting .279 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs and not to mention the outstanding defense he has played thus far.
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