Quick Q&A: Can the Mets acquire Carl Crawford

Kent: I would love to see Carl Crawford call Citi Field home in 2010.  I think Citi Field would suit his talents well.  I read that the Rays may have been looking to trade him before the deadline.  Do you think the Rays will be looking to trade Crawford in the off-season?  What do you think the Mets would have to give up to get him?

Matthew Cerrone: In the days following the trade deadline, I was convinced the Mets would make Crawford a top priority this off season, since he fits many of their Citi-Field needs.  Now, I’m not so sure. 

The Rays are said to be looking to clear money from their payroll, but that was more of 2009 issue, to acquire pitching, than it is a need for 2010.  Frankly, it might have been easier to acquire Crawford last month, assuming a team would take on all of his salary, than it will be to acquire him this winter. 

I have no idea what he’d cost.  I bet there are lots of rumors this winter connecting the Mets and Rays, because they are willing to move three players - 1B Carlos Pena, LHP Scott Kazmir and Crawford - all of whom happen to play positions the Mets will likely look to upgrade.

The 27–year-old Crawford is batting .316 with a .372 OBP, 44 extra base hits and 54 stolen bases this season for the Rays.

He has a $10 million team option for 2010, after which he can become a free agent.