ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick checked in with the Dale & Holley show Tuesday morning to talk about the Red Sox' offseason moves, including the latest acquisition of Adrian Beltre. "Beltre's kind of a mystery guy," Crasnick said. "He's had some good seasons, but he was terrible last year offensively." Added Crasnick: "That was obviously the priority for the Red Sox was trying to upgrade their defense, that's a good thing. When you can sign a guy for one year as opposed to a three- or four-year contract, that's also certainly a plus."
Crasnick said he heard a rumor that new Mets outfielder Jason Bay might not have felt comfortable with the "celebrity culture" away from the field in Boston. "Jason Bay, I'm not sure he was quite comfortable with that," Crasnick said. "I'm sure he enjoyed playing in Boston. I'd be interested to know if that was a factor in him wanting to look around."
Crasnick said the Yankees' acquisition of starting pitcher Javier Vazquez was big. "He was arguably one of the top six or eight players in baseball last year," Crasnick said. "He had a tremendous season. We'll see how he pitches in New York compared to his last time. The Yankees are certainly hoping it's better than his first time there." Added Crasnick: "What this allows them to do is take some pressure off [CC] Sabathia and [A.J.] Burnett and [Andy] Pettitte. When you have four guys who are potential 190-200-inning guys, you can back off these guys a little bit and start looking toward the postseason. Now we'll see what the Yankees do with that No. 5 spot in the rotation."
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