The 4th Out: Is Adrian Gonzalez worth it? – by Nick Hamilton


After a horrible series against the rival San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership were determined to make a big move.
In a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox, who would send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers, yet a few details have to be worked out still.

The Red Sox would receive Rubby De La Rosa who happens to be the main piece of the deal, would go to Boston along with first baseman James Loney, and prospect pitcher Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, and Jerry Sands. The Dodgers have until Sunday at 1:30 PM EST/ 10:30 AM EST to get this expensive deal complete.

Adrian Gonzalez has 6 years with $127 million left after this year, Carl Crawford has 5 years $102.5 million left, Josh Beckett 2 years left with $31.5 million, and Nick Punto has 1 year left with $1.5million.

How much is left is in the bank to still acquire much needed big name free agents such as pitcher Cliff Lee, slugger Josh Hamilton to Los Angeles? With a ridiculous contract like Carl Crawford’s, the Dodgers will be stuck with this bum similar to how the Los Angeles Angels are still stuck with the inconsistent Vernon Wells. Beckett with two years left could be traded at some point, and would or could be a good bargaining chip along with Punto.

Gonzalez’ impact on the Dodgers, is a major significant upgrade and much needed at first base. Beckett for now would take garbage pitcher Joe Blanton‘s place in the rotation.

After having some time to review this deal I’d have to say this could be just the right move for the Dodgers. Make no mistake about it, with big time free agents and trade options out there for next season, other teams will be upgrading. And in the city of Los Angeles, stars attract fans along with winning that keeps them coming back for more and getting Dodger blue fever.

If the Dodgers truly are serious about making Los Angeles a Dodger town again, this is a step in the right direction. Now all they have to do is bring a championship to Dodger Stadium, and it wouldn’t hurt to have Lee, Hamilton, or even Felix Hernandez possibly in the mix as the clock continues to tick.

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  • dusto

    1. Cliff Lee will not be a free agent at the end of this season.

    2. I don’t know that I want Josh Hamilton in LA. This reeks of a Daryl Strawberry nightmarish reunion.

    3. With Crawford (comparing him to Wells is lazy. he’s been injured, not old) there is no reason to spend on a free agent outfielder. And if taking on Crawford means getting Gonzales then I’M ALL IN!

    My main concern is the decreased velocity of Josh Beckett. I’m also worried about losing Rubby De La Rosa. There are some who think that this trade will be similar to the loss of Pedro Martinez.

    And where is this mythical free agent list of big name players? Zach Grienke? Josh Hamilton (no thanks)? Shane Victorino? Nick Swisher? Kevin Youkilis? That’s about it.

    Its a weak free agent class and stocking up on 5 win players while our rivals add Ryan Theriot is a move that other teams fans will be envious of.

    Its a win now move, and possibly and win for the future move.

    • http://twitter.com/LasordasLair LasordasLair

      Yeah I agree Dustin. This trade was all about upgrading first base. When you have a chance to get a first baseman like Gonzalez, you do it. Hes one of the best in baseball. Crawford is just a salary dump, as is Beckett. Both have been good players but have suffered through injuries. Crawford could be good again next year, if healthy, or they could trade him. Beckett can have value in replacing Blanton in the playoffs, and if Bills misses time with his injury, we migh need him. Punto was a thrown in.
      The only good player we are giving up is De La Rosa. Sands, Dejesus, and Loney suck. Webster is a double AA prospect. You have to give up talent to get talent. Good thing we’re not giving up much talent at all. Who cares about Sands? who cares about IDJ? they suck. Sands has never adjusted to major league pitching and never will. Were not trying to build the best team of minor leaguers, we’re trying to win now. Getting a first baseman the quality of Gonzalez, will help us for years to come.