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Report: The Angels may have matched Boston’s offer for Carl Crawford

Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein shakes hands with Carl Crawford at a news conference announcing Crawford’s at Fenway Park in Boston Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Winslow Townson

Doesn’t matter much now, but depending on who you talk to, the Angels may have matched Boston’s offer to Carl Crawford. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has heard both sides.

One source tells Edes that Crawford’s agents set an 11 p.m. deadline on Wednesday night. The ultimatum? Crawford would sign if the Red Sox or Angels offered the magic number(s) of seven years and $142 million.

Red Sox owner John Henry eventually signed off on the deal and the team sent along their offer at 10:50 p.m., just 10 minutes before the arbitrary deadline. The Angels eventually made the very same offer, but by the time they did, Crawford had already committed to Boston. And scene.

Another major league source disputes that the Angels matched Boston’s offer at all. According to Edes, the source says that the last offer they made was a six-year, $108 million contract with an $18 million vesting option for a seventh year, pushing the total potential worth to $126 million.

This is fun in retrospect, but if Edes’ second source is correct, the Angels were never the front-runners we originally thought they were.