Between now and the end of next season, the Dodgers will pay close to $35 million to Carl Crawford, whom they designated for assignment Sunday.
Money wasted? Absolutely not.
Crawford’s contract was part of the price for acquiring Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox in 2012, a deal that made the Dodgers relevant again.
It’s important to remember where the Dodgers were as a franchise at the time. They were purchased earlier in the year by Guggenheim Baseball, which was looking to rebuild a roster and image that were destroyed under tFrank McCourt’s ownership.
The team’s primary target was Gonzalez, a middle-of-the-order...