Carl Crawford is still the best player in the short history of the Tampa Bay Rays franchise, and on the day he sat down in front of the Massachusetts media and put on a Boston Red Sox jersey will always be a dark day for Rays fans.
All over Tampa Bay, people were frantically trying to figure out how their team was going to replace the production of their longest tenured superstar; Where would the Rays find another left fielder with that perfect balance of exceptional defense, a consistent average, modest power, and tons and tons of speed?
Well, it may have taken longer than we'd like, but Rays fans: Meet Desmond Jennings.
Since his call up on July 23rd, Jennings has been blazing a red hot trail across Tropicana Field. He's made diving catches, he's hit over .300 in the lead off spot, he's shown a surprising amount of pop, and guess what... he also has tons and tons of speed. Jennings even takes a walk from time to time, (Let's see CC do that).
In right around 100 plate appearances, Jennings has hit .305/.379/.529 with 5 home runs, while stealing 9 bags.
Meanwhile, in right around 100 games, Crawford has hit .251/.287/.381 with 7 home runs, while stealing 15 bags.
All for around $100 million dollars.