LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Two sources close to Carl Crawford said they expect the free-agent outfielder eventually to sign with the Los Angeles Angels.
Multiple high-ranking baseball sources said Tuesday they expect Crawford to end up in Anaheim. A former teammate of Crawford's with Tampa Bay, Carlos Pena, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Chicago Cubs Tuesday, said he has stayed in touch with Crawford during the free-agency period.
"The teams that move the most money and show how much they're willing to invest in him, that they'll put themselves on the line, will draw the most interest from him," Pena said. "Whoever does that is going to get an incredible player and one of the hardest workers in the game. I have as much respect for Carl as anyone."
Crawford met with New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman Tuesday night over dinner, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
In the meantime, the Angels might be forced to decide on another potential target, third baseman Adrian Beltre. Agent Scott Boras, who represents Beltre, said talks are warming up with a number of teams and said there is mutual interest between his client and the Angels.
It's doubtful the Angels could afford to acquire both Crawford, who figures to command at least a seven-year, nine-figure deal, and Beltre, who reportedly turned down a five-year, $64 million offer from the Oakland A's.
"Obviously, Adrian has a home in L.A. and has played in L.A. and he's very comfortable with the marketplace," Boras said.
The Angels could have competition within their division for Beltre. Boras said Beltre would be willing to re-open discussions with the A's.
"Offers are like curtains," Boras said. "There's opening and closing, but they're still in the room."
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