The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't sure if they are going to have Carl Crawford starting for them in 2013 or not. However, for now they are not announcing anything different. Of course, there is the fact that he has just had reconstructive elbow surgery and the contract for the next five seasons totals more than a hundred million dollars. They inherited that debt when they traded for Crawford with the Boston Red Sox in last year's trade that also saw Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto get added to the Los Angeles roster.
Of course, this is a complicated trade, and the Crawford option may be the most risky of all of them, at least since the trade where they got rid of Pedro Martinez or the one back in 1954 when Roberto Clemente was unprotected. Crawford is 31 and his operation took place just one day before the Dodgers got him. No one yet knows how his recovery is going to go and what kind of player that he will be afterward, so the Dodgers are taking quite a chance. However, it could very well pay off in a big way for them.