Outfielder Carl Crawford's new seven-year, $142 million deal with the Boston Red Sox hit the media in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. The deal is the sixth largest free agent pact in baseball history, but it's only the second-richest contract the Red Sox have given to a player this week: that distinction belongs to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, newly-acquired via trade from the San Diego Padres, reportedly in the process of finalizing a seven-year, $154 deal of his own. Twitter contemplated what the new acquisitions meant for baseball's balance of power.

Red Sox fans haven't slept better in years!less than a minute ago via Tweetie for Mac

Baseball's slow demise continues with Red Sox-Yankee buying of talent. It's sad. Come on Bud, acknowledge u have a competitive balance probless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Red Sox buy Carl Crawford.  They're 1 step away from exhuming Babe Ruth, reanimating him, then signing him just 2 prove a point.less than a minute ago via web

I think we can all agree: Carl Crawford is 57.9 times the player Ryan Kalish is.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Red Sox sign Crawford for $142m, Yankees offer Lee $140m. Bal, Cle, KC, Sea mathematically eliminated from '11 playoffsless than a minute ago via web

Those big-boy teams sure like to spend their big bucks after losing to those pesky little Rays.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Red Sox sign Carl Crawford for 7 years, $142 million. Idiots. They could have signed Derek Jeter for 9 years for that.less than a minute ago via web

Couldn't sleep at all last night. Had nightmares thinking about the Redsox lineup.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad