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Carl Crawford Excited to be a Dodger, Regrets Time with Red Sox

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- As outfielder Carl Crawford prepares to make his debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he says he regrets the time he spent with the Boston Red Sox.

Crawford left the Tampa Bay Rays after nine seasons, signing a seven-year deal worth $142 million with Boston prior to the 2011 season.  But in two seasons with the Sox, he appeared in just 161 games, his playing time limited by various injuries.  Once an All-Star, he hit career lows in batting average in 2011 and found himself struggling with the pressures of playing in Boston.

"It was just everything," Crawford told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. "Me not playing well. Me being in an unfamiliar area in an environment that was toxic. Just all those things combined. You start to say, 'Is this ever going to end?'"

In the interview Crawford said that at times he regretted signing with Boston in the first place.  But now, he's excited to be part of the Dodgers.

"Coming from over there to here is definitely a different feel," Crawford added.

Boston traded Crawford to the Dodgers in the middle of last season along with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Josh Beckett, although the outfielder was recuperating from elbow surgery at the time of the trade and never played for the Dodgers last season.

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