SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When Brandon Crawford's agent called him to say his new deal with the San Francisco Giants had been completed, the shortstop was in the middle of a workout in the AT&T Park weight room. That's where San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans came to congratulate his player on a contract that keeps him here for another six years.
"He wasn't at the Bentley dealership. He wasn't at the Prada store. He was in the weight room pumping iron," agent Joel Wolfe said. "Another work day."
It's that kind of hard-nosed yet humble drive - even behind the scenes - that gave the Giants so much confidence signing one of their core homegrown players to a $75 million deal. Crawford loves playing right at home in the Bay Area, where he grew up rooting for the Giants, so the full no-trade clause in the contract was a key element to getting this done now.