It can't really be done, right? Make a trade for a player still owed more than $100 million, and you practically forget about him?
Never see him, almost never mention him. Go on with your season, celebrate others and almost forget about outfielder Carl Crawford?
That's a tough trick to pull off, though the Dodgers managed it pretty well. Their stunning Aug. 25 trade took the three highest paid players off the Boston Red Sox roster — Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Crawford — plus Nick Punto.
After their first game with the Dodgers, Gonzalez, Beckett and Punto held a bizarre Saturday night, postgame news conference at home plate. Meanwhile, Crawford was recovering from Tommy John surgery performed just two days earlier and was restricted from flying.
The Dodgers were in a stretch drive, the focus elsewhere. Crawford, who had failed so badly with the Red Sox after signing a seven-year, $142-million contract prior to the 2011 season, was the Dodger in waiting.
Two months after the trade, the Dodgers finally held a news conference Friday to introduce Crawford, no longer the invisible man.
"I'm pretty sure once I start playing the way I know I can play, I won't be forgotten too long," Crawford said.
The Dodgers are counting on him being able to return to form, which is hardly a certainty. The left-handed hitter is trying to come back from surgery on his left wrist in January, surgery on his left elbow in August and two disappointing seasons with the Red Sox.
This after his play the previous nine years in Tampa Bay had elevated his status to an elite level. Five different times he stole at least 50 bases. Four times he led the American League in triples. The year before he signed with the Red Sox, he hit .307 with 19 homers, 90 RBI, 47 steals and 110 runs.
Carl Crawford reintroduces himself to Dodgers fans
Los Angeles Times | Oct 27