I think it was 2011 that he went first overall in many drafts. Certainly top 5 that year, right? Or am I not recalling correctly?
So he went to the Sawx, underperformed horribly, turned out he was hurt, tried to play through it, got worse, spent the better part of a year in denial, came back for a short time last year, was still hurt, and finally gave up the ghost, went to the DL and had the surgery.
This year's rankings are pretty typical: he's the #42 OF (though Grey says he could end up being a #1 OF).
I was curious to see where last year's #42 landed overall. It was Swisher, and he was ranked #140-something overall. 14th round.
Assuming Crawford falls to the 14th this year, isn't his upside a steal? I mean, he'll turn 32 August, so it's not like he's in the sunset of his career. He's got some great bats behind him (not sure how that'll help/hurt re: speed).
I dunno. If he's healthy and looks good in the spring, I'm thinking he''s worth at least 9th or 10th round pick on the chance that he returns 2nd or 3rd round value.
ESPN 12 team, All MLB, Keeper League, $262 budget, ($)=resignable base, add $3 per year, keep up to 11, drop contract and forfeit 1/2 salary
C: Wilin Rosario
1B: Prince Fielder ($41)
2B: Omar Infante ($5)
3B: Manny Machado (keeper through 2016, $14)
SS: Ian Desmond (keeper through 2014, $8)
MI: Jean Segura ($5)
CI: Edwin Encarcion ($27)
OF: Bryce Harper (keeper through 2015, $14)
OF: Carl Crawford
OF: Desmond Jennings
OF: Ben Revere ($5)
OF: Yoenis Cespedes
Util: Brian McCann ($5)
P: Stephen Strasburg (keeper through 2014, $14)
P: Hyun-Jin Ryu ($5)
P: Kris Medlen (keeper through 2014, $8)
P: Ross Detweiler ($1)
P: Tony Cingrani ($5)
P: Aroldis Chapman ($21)
P: Casey Janssen
P: Greg Holland
P: Zack Wheeler ($5)
B: Kevin Gausman ($5)
B: Nick Castellanos ($5)
B: Matt Carpenter ($5)