Unless someone can give a good explanation about why this guy tailed off so dramatically, it may be wiser to pass on him as a keeper.
Some possibilities outside the supposed hammy issues are that 1) he can't handle the pressure of Boston and 2) he can't handle the pressure of his contract
We've heard a zillion times how players "can't" play in NY because of the intense media scrutiny and fan expectations. Well, since 2004, Boston has become just as bad in that regard. When you have newspapers anointing you "Best Team Ever" before a pitch has even been thrown, I mean, come on. A move from TB where there's like no media and the fans are for the most part reserved? That's friggin' tough. Maybe he just one of those guys who can't handle playing in a big media market. Similarly, maybe he put too much pressure on himself because he's now making all this dough? Maybe he just has a fragile personality and if so, then these expectations that he's gonna suddenly bounce back to what he once was might heighten that fragility even more. I don't know if any of this is true, but it's sure POSSIBLE. Teams employ sports psychologists for a reason.
I'd keep Victorino. He's got speed, he's got power, plays in a dynamic lineup in a hitter's park and he rarely strikes out. I think he's vastly underrated. Plus Crawford and Victorino are the same age so IF Crawford does indeed have hammy issues, they could plague him the rest of his career.
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