Baseball Reveille 1/30/12

Good morning!

Here are several go-to links that will make the offseason a bit more bearable:

It’s tough to be wholly optimistic about Crawford’s future, thanks to his 2011, but there are reasons to think he’ll bounce back and provide the value the Red Sox actually signed him for. Will he end up overpaid? Sure, but that’s the price of doing business on the highest end of free agency. And, if you’re comparing him to Fielder, there are plenty of reasons to prefer Crawford’s deal, even if, speaking in terms of total production, they are similar.

Big League Stew’s David Brown introduces us to the only player

reportedly to clear the fences during the Congressional Baseball Game.

That’s it, folks. And hang in there: We are mere weeks away from spring training!

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