FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Carl Crawford, making his spring training debut Monday, admitted that he wasn't happy with Red Sox owner John Henry's remarks in October that he opposed signing the outfielder to a seven-year, $142 million contract.
"I can't do nothing about what he said, just go out and play," Crawford said. "It was unfortunate that he said that. I wasn't happy about it, and a little surprised. It's unfortunate he feels that way. Wish those words hadn’t came out."
Henry had made the comments in a surprise appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub, pressing the point that he tries to stay out of baseball decisions. “In fact, anyone involved in the process, anybody involved in upper management with the Red Sox would tell you that I personally opposed [the Crawford signing]. Why? Because we had plenty of left-handed hitting. I don’t have to go into why. I’ll just tell you that at the time, I opposed the deal,” he said.
When asked by reporters Monday whether he thought he needed to meet with Henry to get on the same page, Crawford said, "What page? You know, I don't know, if he wants to meet with me we'll have that meeting. I'm not too sure. I don't know if he has plans."
According to The Boston Globe, Henry responded Monday to Crawford's disappointment by texting [to the Globe]: "Again, this wasn't about Carl. At the time I was opposed due to too many lefties in the lineup and particularly in the outfield. Also, our two best prospects were lefthanded hitters. My answer was an honest, off-the-cuff response on a radio station to a false assertion that ownership signed him for offseason PR purposes. This was a baseball decision I ultimately backed."
Information from Gordon Edes was used in this report.