Friday, August 24, 2012
Adrian Gonzalez? What Price Is Too Much?
Steve Dilbeck at the Times reported this morning that the Dodgers have been awarded the claim on Adrian Gonzalez and are now attempting to iron out a trade with the Red Sox. LINKED HERE Some may think this is very good news. This potential move scares me to death and I believe could potentially damage the franchise severely.
What would the future of the Dodgers look like if you removed Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Dee Gordon, Jerry Sands, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and possibly a few others? It would be considered the weakest farm system in the Major Leagues.
Now add more to the mix. Assume the Dodgers gave away most or all of those players and agree to pay over $127 million dollars over the next six years to the player they receive in return.
A 31 year old Adrian Gonzalez becomes a Dodger. Then there is more to sacrifice.- possibly a 32 year old Josh Beckett joins him (owed $34 million) and Carl Crawford, a left fielder that will be owed $21 million next year, $107 million over the course of his contract (until 2017) while he sits out next season due to Tommy John surgery.
I know this ownership group has some crazy money but are they nuts? I like Adrian Gonzalez and all, but please, let’s be sensible here. A deal like that could set the team back for years. At least in the minor league/development ranks.
Loney and Rivera are a mess at first base while Jerry Sands rakes at a .400 clip in Albuquerque. Does the Dodger brass not think that Sands can’t hit .250 with some occasional pop? They’ll get that production from him and be paying the major league minimum. Perhaps they are all in agreement that Sands’ potential production is not enough to take the team to the next tier of championship play.
What I think this all comes down to is that the Dodgers might believe that the acquisition of Gonzalez and Beckett could result in a pennant. It would be the ultimate grab to buy the championship. I used to hate it when the Yankees and Red Sox did that. It seemed like unfair playing ground. Now that the Dodgers are the buyers, I’m not certain if I like this.
I’m all for this ownership group and their “win at all costs” attitude. But just because they have money doesn’t mean that they need to spend it with reckless abandon. Just because they have minor leaguers doesn’t mean they need to empty the ranks of talent in one desperate move to steal the division from the Giants in the last month of the season. We are looking at a crucial negotiation window here.