Found August 24, 2012 on
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Trading Adrian Gonzalez would be an overreaction from a team that overreacts like no other. But the Boston Red Sox should do it, just as the Philadelphia Phillies should have dumped Cliff Lee on the filthy-rich, hyper-ventilating Los Angeles Dodgers when they had the chance.
The Sox can include enough money in the deal to land Zach Lee and/or Allen Webster, the Dodgers' top pitching prospects. If the Sox also can part with Josh Beckett - who, like Gonzalez, was claimed by the Dodgers on Friday but has enough service time to block any move - all the better. Frankly, Beckett should jump at the chance to move to a pitcher's park in the more pitcher-friendly National League.
Gonzalez is not the Red Sox's problem, even if his phone was the source of the infamous text message to ownership requesting a clear-the-air session to complain about manager Bobby Valentine. But A-Gon is owed $127 million from 2013 to '18, and considering his dropoff in power this season, that will not be money well spent.
The Phillies blew it when they refused to take advantage of a similar waiver claim earlier this month and move the declining, soon-to-be-34-year-old Cliff Lee and the $90 million plus left on his contract to the Dodgers.
Gonzalez, 30, is younger than Lee, but also showing signs of regression. True, he entered Friday with the sixth highest OPS of any first baseman in the majors. But his home runs the past four seasons have declined from 40 to 31 to 27 to 15 (with 37 games remaining). His current .469 slugging percentage would be the lowest for any full season in his career.
A major league source told me last week that the Red Sox would trade Gonzalez only in a "transformative" - or franchise-changing - deal. Dumping his contract alone would be transformative, and never mind that the Red Sox traded for Gonzalez only 21 months ago and signed him shortly thereafter. A lot has happened since then, don't you think?
The Red Sox, forever PR-conscious, will fret over the perception that they are taking a step backward - they acquired Gonzalez and Crawford during the 2010-11 offseason in part to enhance their appeal on their regional television network, NESN. But what are we talking about here? This is a team that already has taken a major step backward, going 66-86 since last Aug. 31.
Some fans will fantasize that the Sox could redirect the money saved on Gonzalez to other players, but in reality few superstars hit the open market these days. While the Sox would reap massive financial benefits by getting under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold by 2014, the new labor agreement limits spending on both domestic and international amateurs. What would be the point of saving all of that money, particularly when true impact talent is difficult to acquire?
Gonzalez, for all of his struggles earlier this season, still might be that type of talent; he has batted .355 with a .954 OPS in 223 plate appearances since June 22. Then again, he is trending toward becoming the Red Sox's version of Mark Teixeira, a useful but overpaid slugger. If the Red Sox included significant cash in the deal, they could justify asking for Lee, Webster or any of the other Dodgers' top prospects. And starting pitching is their biggest need.
The Sox's young core already is promising. Left-hander Felix Doubront and third baseman Will Middlebrooks performed well this season. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway could emerge as a quality major leaguer. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and shortstops Jose Iglesias and Xander Bogaerts represent the next wave.
How much worse would the Sox be if they built around such youngsters? They could trade Jacoby Ellsbury, a potential free agent after next season, for more starting pitching. And they probably could come close to replacing the 2012 version of Gonzalez; first basemen always are in plentiful supply.
No, the Sox wouldn't compete with the Yankees or even the Tampa Bay Rays immediately, but their overzealous participation in the AL East arms race is how they got into this position in the first place - and a good number of their fans cannot stand what they've become.
Trading Gonzalez would be an overreaction. These Red Sox merit an overreaction.
No need to wait until the offseason.
The Dodgers are ready to jump right now.
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Sean McAdam is reporting via Twitter that the Boston Red Sox have placed Adrian Gonzalez on waivers. You may remember that several days after the July trade deadline passed word broke that the Dodgers had attempted to connect with the Red Sox on a possible A-Gon trade. Of course talks didn’t last very long, with time not on their side the Dodgers moved on. Now that Gonzalez is...
According to Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) a baseball columnist of the LA Times, tweeted that on Friday afternoon, the LA Dodgers were awarded Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on a wavier claim. The Sox placed Gonzalez on waivers a few days ago and could possibly move him and his loaded contract. The two biggest problems [...]
BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez wanted no parted in discussing his status on waivers Friday afternoon. "Do you have baseball questions?" Gonzalez asked. "Waiver questions? I'm not talking about that." With no questions other than ones about the Dodgers claiming him on waivers, Gonzalez walked away from reporters and disappeared into the back of the clubhouse. But...
It now rests in the hands of Red Sox upper management where two of their star players will ultimately end up. According to a report from ESPN ScoreCenter, both first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Josh Beckett were claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving the Sox to either trade them, allow them to leave, or retain them. They are also apparently trying to shop...
The fact that the Dodgers claimed Adrian Gonzalez off of trade waivers is not that big of a deal. The Sox were likely just seeing what teams might be interested before pulling him back. The fact that the Dodgers also claimed Josh Beckett is big news. This has to signal a package deal with Gonzo and Beckett heading to LA. It is very unlikely that the Dodgers would take Beckett...
Pedro Ciriaco will be batting leadoff for the third straight game as Jacoby Ellsbury continues to hit out of the No. 2 hole. While the Red Sox offense continues to struggle, Adrian Gonzalez will get the night off in the field at least as he'll be DHing out of the No. 4 hole for Boston. Mauro Gomez, who has been back and forth between Pawtucket and the big club a few times this...
Yesterday we have learned that Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett have been claimed off waivers from the Dodgers. Usually for a player like Adrian’s caliber , a trade never necessarily gets complete. But this nine player blockbuster deal has became a reality. The Red Sox have agreed to send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange...
I just said that it would be a dream scenario for the Dodgers to take Josh Beckett alongside Adrian Gonzalez in any sort of trade.
Well, Sean McAdam just confirmed that the dream could become a reality. Beckett has also been claimed by the Dodgers off of the waiver wire.
Disgruntled Sox fans can already be heard celebrating but before we continue this fiesta, let's remember...
The trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers was surely a shock to Red Sox Nation. Now, just imagine if you were a member of that clubhouse and counted the foursome among your teammated over the last six months. That clubhouse was still trying to sift through and make sense of the trade by the time it was announced, and...
One of the major questions as Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford headed out of town was why they weren't a good fit for the Red Sox. Former Red Sox great Jim Rice and general manager Ben Cherington gave their thoughts Sunday afternoon, a day after the trade went down. They talked about what it takes to play in Boston, with Cherington saying it's often "a lot easier to...
Michael Silverman reported this AM that the Red Sox have completed a deal with the L.A. Dodgers to send 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LF Carl Crawford, P Josh Beckett and IF Nick Punto for 1B James Loney and minor league prospects P Allen Webster, SS Ivan DeJesus, OF Jerry Sands and a PTBNL which will turn out to be P Rubby De La Rosa. It is a pretty shocking deal considering that the Red...
"In Boston, there is always a novel -- in here they never talk about baseball; it's always the same. That's one of the reasons why I almost never talk to the press here. Very few times they ask me about baseball. But most of the time it's about gossip, rumors, plots, well ... a soap opera. When they talk to me about baseball, I'm available. But that does...
Have you heard about the insane baseball trade between the Red Sox and the suddenly loaded with cash Dodgers? Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to L.A. for James Loney & some other guys! Here’s the headline in the Boston Herald: ‘Bums Away.’ The Dodgers are also going to cover most of the $250 million owed to the big three.
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When Ben Cherington ascended to the position of GM of the Red Sox, he made sure to call attention to his own deliberate style, noting that he tends to gather as much information as possible and not rush into decisions.
I’ll admit, I’ve had my moments where I felt that this quality of my NH homeboy would work against him when it came to being able to pull off big deals.