Rizzo for A-Gone was a good move at the time....he seemed like a good citizen & hits the hell outta the ball. Then, last year he started whineing about "playing too many sunday night games" and playing the NyY too much......I like to think that;s when the team management started to wonder about him. The cam text-gate with him this season, and him complaining about the media wanting to talk to the players too much, and I think they thought it was time to move on.
Theo seemed to like the idea of building up prospects and swapping them for proving big leaguers. A few of the sportswriters up here believe thats what he did with Hanley as well, even though it turned out he was pretty good. So, Rizzo wasnt a huge loss. Xander Bogaerts is next next thing coming up in a year or two.
And it seems that people were mad at Crawford for the money, which wasnt his fault. Much like JD Drew, he wasnt worth nearly that much. But who is going to turn down that amount? If Drew or Crawford earned 8-10 mil, most people would have been fine with them.