Boston and Los Angeles Working on Giant Trade.

What's the Deal?

8/25/12 in MLB   |   This_is_Rick   |   265 respect

One man's garbage is another man's treasure - and so goes the MLB waiver wire.

The nine-player, blockbuster deal that is awaiting with held breath from Boston to Los Angeles will meet the verdict Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. est. And, exhale!
August 16, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (28) at bat in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Red Sox defeated the Orioles 6 - 3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

The trade seems to be the house-cleaning that Boston, along with MLB insiders, felt completely necessary. However, the cash clearance in the Red Sox payroll matches only a scenario where NBC asks ESPN, "Hey, you guys want to pay for this Olympic thing?" The money that is expected to be picked up by the Dodgers resembles a hostile takeover, complete with Gordon Gecko, and has got red-flags that shout, "This will never go through!" But, according to sources, as recent as 11:00 p.m., on the right coast, the money makes sense for the Dodgers; and it has nothing to do with just getting Adrian Gonzalez. They want the complete set - The garbage scenario comes to realization.

However, one question lurks with silly-string in this blockbuster drama: When did Adrian Gonzalez ever become "the trash"?

Terry Francona, ESPN, and most important the ex-Red Sox skipper, may finally get a chance to pull his journalistic-weight around the studios in Bristol, and not just as a commentator that has been there - In this case, Francona was there. So when he questions the mind-boggling reasoning behind moving Gonzalez, the baseball world should definitely listen. And question, he has.
Dec 8, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; ESPN analyst Terry Francona on set during the MLB winter meetings at Hilton Anatole.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

As the former manager of the Red Sox, a statement saying, "I thought the idea was to build around Gonzalez for the future," and in the same breath say, "I will be interested to see what the reasoning is behind this," the inner-workings of the deal just got a lot more drama-filled. Questions of this sort, coming from a man that was in the meetings and not just guessing about them, have got to ring the uh-oh bell around the MLB realm as a panic alarm somewhere in the Boston area.

Shopping Becket, deal-busted Carl Crawford and sweetening the deal with Punto in order to gain much needed pitching for the Sox future is a great move, and should not be questioned. But, Gonzalez is the sweet-swinging force, with Pesky Pole as fuel, behind the depleted line-up and not an easy position to afford, or find. A disastrous clubhouse and manager aside, why does trading Gonzalez put the team in better standing, at all?

No need to Google-search. The answer; It does not.

Freeing up the high salary because the Red Sox need spending cash would be a sufficient argument - that is if the Red Sox decided to go cheap, suddenly. But, any fan, coach or even Theo knows this will never be the case. Terry Francona knows it sure is not the parameters of the Sox mindset. He believes trading Gonzalez to free up cash will be nothing more than money spent when they go searching for another lefty power-hitter on the market. 

Money saved is money spent? What? 
Blog Photo - Boston and Los Angeles Working on Giant Trade.

That scenario equals zero. More importantly, that scenario means they are worse off than before the trade. Why trade when the next deal could be for the same caliber of the player?- If there is a player available that would match Gonzalez; and Chances are that won't be out there.

The .300 average, and defense provided, is not the only head-scratcher; Gonzalez, unlike outspoken Pedroia, has never expressed disgust in the Red Sox; he never mentioned anything of wanting to leave; to the point, he seemed to be the one piece that was not broken in Boston. So, again and again, why get out the super-glue and start making repairs in areas that do not require repair?

Along with Terry, everyone wants to know what the deal is, really. Hopefully, this will be his Newsroom'esque moment behind the desk, and he will tell what needs to be told - Just how screwed up are the Boston Red Sox?

While fans turn purple in the face holding their breath on this deal, Francona and others can find out why this happened, and then give solid reasons on what exactly is going on in Boston. 

Because it isn't the sweet-pants charm and wand waiving of Magic Johnson. 

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8/25/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

In 144 career games at Fenway, Gonzalez only has 18 HR. Not terrible, especially considering he also sports a .334 average there, but not quite worth his $21M per year.

At the end of the day, however, this deal went down because the Red Sox had the chance to dump about $160M worth of dead weight in Crawford and Beckett.

As a Sox fan, I would have preferred to keep Gonzalez, because I think he's an elite 1B, both in the field and at the plate. But at the end of the day, he IS overpaid, and if we had to lose him to facilitate dumping Crawford and Beckett, it's all worth it.

The Sox will completely rebuild, and they'll find a new cornerstone. Even if they can't find one who will completely match Gonzalez's production, 1B are a dime a dozen. They'll find someone who can be serviceable for a fraction of the cost, and hopefully they'll use the money they saved to bolster their rotation.