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Might the Rays be interested in bringing Carl Crawford home?

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Might the Tampa Bay Rays be interested in bringing an old star home?

The Rays, beaten up in the outfield, might be looking for a bit of help. Former left-field all-star Carl Crawford, just released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, might be looking for a job. Could the two be right for each other once again?

Maybe. But Crawford was hitting only .185 when he was released. He’d be a short-stay option until Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza and Brandon Guyer were healthy again. Still, the Tampa Bay Times reports that the team would be receptive to Crawford.

How much does Crawford have left? He left Tampa Bay with 1,480 hits in 2010. In the six seasons since, he has only 451.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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