Thursday December 09, 2010 | 07:04 AM

With the Boston Red Sox signing Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142-million contract, and Adrian Gonzalez receiving (reportedly) and seven-year, $154-million extension after 2011, Boston has committed nearly $300-million to two players.

The deals show a commitment by the Red Sox, who will also get some relief after this year when J.D. Drew and David Ortiz come off the books.

Red Sox fans are rejoicing, and they should. And the pressure is on the Yankees to make a splash and sign Cliff Lee. Which they will likely do soon. See John Harper's story in the New York Daily News.

With Lee, the Yankees will have at least two lefties (along with CC) to counter the Red Sox's left-handed batters.

Ellsbury, Crawford, Gonzalez, Ortiz, Drew ... all lefties. And Jarrod Saltalamacchia hits better left-handed.

We'll have more on the look of the lineup in coming blogs.

Today is the Rule V Draft. The Red Sox might pluck a player (most likely a pitcher) and see if he can stick on the major league roster.

Boston is likely to have a few players drafted (players not on the 40-man roster who have played a certain number of years are eligible). Sea Dogs reliever Jason Rice could go.


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