Trade Deadline of little concern to Crawford

Trade Deadline of little concern to Crawford

ST. PETERSBURG -- Before the season, Carl Crawford said he wasn't going to let his impending free agency or the potential of him being traded distract his current team.

Crawford has proven to be a man of his word, as the All-Star left fielder's name hasn't been brought up in any trade rumors surrounding the Rays as Saturday's Trade Deadline approaches.

"I just hoped we'd be winning, so I didn't have to go through all that stuff," Crawford said. "It's already tough to play, then having to go through that -- I'm sure it would've been even harder. It made things easier for myself and the team.

"Everything's been going according to plan, and hopefully we can keep doing well and just continue to move forward and get better as a team."

Crawford and the rest of the players in Tampa Bay's clubhouse have been relatively at ease as the Deadline draws near, something manager Joe Maddon largely attributed to the team's success this year.

"I don't think that our club gets caught up in that. I haven't really gotten that vibe from them," Maddon said. "We haven't had a bunch of our names bandied about as far as trades leaving us. There's not a whole lot of worry from us going away. We've played to a pretty good record at this point, so the guys have done a nice job. Of course you're always looking to make yourself better, but we also have guys in the Minor Leagues that we like, too. I haven't gotten a real sense of concern or a sense that we need something from the group. I think they've been pretty good with the whole moment right now."

Maddon isn't getting caught up in the idea of a potential trade, either. He said he was happy with the team that takes the field night-in and night-out, although he would obviously be in favor of a move that gave the Rays a better chance to win.

"This might sound too simplistic," Maddon said, "but at the end of the day, my job is to come out here and worry about or deal with what's out here and try to make this work."

Much like Maddon, Crawford said he was happy with Tampa Bay's roster as it is now, but he wouldn't turn down the opportunity to play with someone who will increase the team's chances of making it back to the World Series.

"I don't think we're about to turn down help," Crawford said. "Everybody needs help. But we have a good team here. We feel like we can do it either way, but a little extra help never hurt anybody."