Report: Jayson Werth Deal Likely Ends Red Sox’ Hopes for Carl Crawford

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The Washington Nationals’ seven year, $126 million signing of 31-year-old Jayson Werth on Sunday left every other MLB GM speechless — largely because of how it affected this offseason’s market.

With the Werth deal as a measuring stick, Carl Crawford could be looking for upwards of $150 million,  and the Red Sox are not likely to give him such an inflated offer, Ken Rosenthal speculates.

Instead, the Red Sox’ options appear to be trading for an outfielder like Josh Willingham, or to shore up their bullpen.

Moving Kevin Youkilis to the outfield and re-signing Adrian Beltre is reportedly not a possibility.

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