While GM Theo Epstein accepted blame for signing subpar performers such as Lackey and Bobby Jenks, the owners share the responsibility of unanimously approving their signings. But Carl Crawford was a different story. Ownership was divided over Epstein's push to acquire Crawford as a free agent, sources said. At least one top executive believed Crawford's skills as a speedy, left-handed hitting outfielder seemed to duplicate Ellsbury's. But the owners ultimately agreed to gamble $142 million over seven years on Crawford -- a lost wager to date.