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Angels lose out on Carl Crawford, who signs seven-year, $142-million deal with Red Sox

December 8, 2010 |  8:51 pm

The Carl Crawford derby took a stunning turn late Wednesday night when the free-agent outfielder, the Angels' top target this winter, agreed to terms on a seven-year, $142-million deal with the Boston Red Sox, who earlier in the week acquired star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres.

The Boston Globe first reported news of the agreement, and Greg Genske, Crawford's agent, confirmed the deal to The Times. With Crawford off the board, the Angels are expected to turn their full attention to free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre and, possibly, closer Rafael Soriano.

“I’m crushed, man,” Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who has been recruiting Crawford since the All-Star break, said by phone from his home in Texas. “I’m sitting here in a daze right now, like, what the heck just happened?

“He’s like a key piece for us, but this is a business, you’ve got to keep going, go to the next one. They’ll figure out what you’ve got to do, and I’m pretty sure they’ll get it done.”

More information on the Crawford signing to come at www.latimes.com/sports.

-- Mike DiGiovanna in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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