It's been what seems like years of wooing and flirtation, but today the Red Sox look as if they have finally landed Adrean Gonzalez from the Padres Click Here (sports.espn.go.com).
I feel bad for Padre fans, the team really should have seen if they could have done anything this year since they had such a good run last year.
It's great for the Red Sox. Gonzalez fits better than Crawford and Werth with the current team.
We keep hearing about possible NBA and NFL lockouts, but it's still baseball that can't seem to level the playing field. I guess as long as the Yankees and Red Sox are monsters baseball is going to be happy.
Gonzalez is going to be a big-time MVP candidate next year. This guy put up big numbers in the hitters' graveyard of Petco, so he's going to just kill it in Fenway. Great trade for Boston, and depressing, since it's another case of the rich getting richer. Hopefully at least the prospects headed to San Diego are good --- Hoyer should know them well, he's a former Boston guy.
Always have a concern about a player going from a laid back environment into the northeast corridor. Now Tampa, I'll feel sorry for somewhat as they raised payroll somewhat the past few years to compete but will lose players. The Padres I have no sympathy for, as they had a payroll only higher than the Pirates and have or are trying to dump any player who makes any sort of money.
Originally posted by redsoxnationAlways have a concern about a player going from a laid back environment into the northeast corridor.
I think that gets a bit overstated. Granted you had Renteria fail here but you also had guys who came from arguable "laid-back environments" like Beckett, Lowell, Ortiz, Pedro, and many others who played well here.
As for A-Gon, I love the trade but I still wonder why they still couldn't have re-signed Victor Martinez. 4 years/$50M is a very reasonable deal for him.
"John McCain ran for president in 2000. Why couldn't we have elected him then? When he was sane." - Lewis Black
I have to agree with JayJay. To me that's the same mindset as people who refuse to vote someone for HOF because it's their first time on the ballot. While I'm glad Matsui didn't win it (though I would have gone for Gerut 1st and Berroa 2nd)