Report: Dodgers’ Carl Crawford available for trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers, looking to get their payroll closer to $200 million, have made outfielder Carl Crawford available for trade, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Crawford, 34, was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox after the 2012 season and since joining the Dodgers, he has been a disappointment, given how many games he has missed due to injury and his overall poor play.

Trading Crawford will be tough for the Dodgers. He is under contract for two more seasons and is scheduled to make $20.75 million in 2016 and $21 million in 2017 before becoming a free agent in 2018.

In order to trade Crawford, the Dodgers will need to eat a sizable amount of his remaining contract. If the Dodgers are willing to do so, there could be a small market for Crawford’s services.

Crawford’s best days are long behind him and he hasn’t been an impact player since his days with the Tampa Bay Rays.

In only 69 games last season, Crawford hit .265 with four home runs and 16 RBI. In three years with the Dodgers, he has hit .286 with 18 home runs and 93 RBI.

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