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Report: The Red Sox have a tentative contract extension in place for Adrian Gonzalez

Dec 6, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox have a preliminary agreement to sign Adrian Gonzalez to a seven-year $154 million extension. The deal probably won’t be announced until April because of the luxury tax, however.

Two observations:

  • If Gonzalez couldn’t bootstrap the Jayson Werth deal into something bigger for himself, there’s no reason to think that Carl Crawford can, as so many people are assuming he will. Just because the Nats are dumb doesn’t mean any other teams are; and
  • If there really is a deal in place now, this waiting until April to avoid the luxury tax business is silly.  When the game is being so transparently rigged, it’s time to change the rules of the game.

All of that said, anyone who thinks that the Sox traded for Gonzalez without thinking that they were certain that an extension would get done is nutso.

  1. bloodysock - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    In the NFL teams wait until June 1 to cut guys for cap reasons. How is this different?

    • Craig Calcaterra - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:12 PM

      It’s different in that the NFL is quite proud of the fact that it is a rigged enterprise. Baseball should aspire to be better.

      • Space Escalator - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM

        That would be the same “baseball” that’s lead by Bud Selig?

      • easports82 - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM

        This would be the same enterprise that is increasing the number of teams in the post-season out of fairness.

        But it’s nice that you believe that. In a related story, I have some magic beans that can grow a beanstalk in your backyard. Care to purchase?

      • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM

        As long as whether side can walk away what is the problem? Are you saying that Gonzalez can’t said no in April he decides to? Or that Red Sox couldn’t pull their offer off the table if Gonzalez has a career ending injury during spring training (and thus pay $20+ million per for six years to a guy who can’t play)? Verbal agreements are not worth the paper they are written in baseball by the CBA. So, no harm, no foul.

        Finally, the luxury tax is just a revenue sharing agreement in the CBA. Rules in a CBA are like tax laws, if there are loopholes in them it is okay to use them. Would you advise the Red Sox to ignore a tax loophope that would save them millions? Of course, not. If the owners or the union think this kind of thing is a big deal they can change it in the next CBA.

      • mtner77 - Dec 6, 2010 at 6:36 PM

        @Pancho

        ….”Finally, the luxury tax is just a revenue sharing agreement in the CBA.”….

        The luxury tax is not – repeat NOT- part of revenue sharing and newer has been. Do a little research.

        http://www.bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4298:dosh-mlbs-revenue-sharing-and-the-luxury-tax-are-not-one-in-the-same&catid=29:articles-a-opinion&Itemid=41

      • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 7, 2010 at 12:25 AM

        @mtner77

        Mostly this is a matter of semantics. But, that is, what lawyers like the one you linked to do for a living. The luxury tax transfers revenue from the high spending teams to the low revenue teams. Certainly that makes sense to describe it as “sharing” revenue from the high spending teams with low revenue teams.

        Change my quote:

        ….”Finally, the luxury tax is just a revenue transferring agreement in the CBA.”….

        and it is perfectly correct.

        But thanks for pointing out my bad. Of course, your point does nothing to refute my points, but thanks anyway.

  2. jfk69 - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    That deal with Werth and the Nats put the fear of god into Theo, He ran out to the airport and promised Agon….whatever..please save us some money and face by agreeing to the extension next year. LOL

  3. quintjs - Dec 6, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Half the problem is how they calculate the salary cap – if what Gonzalez makes in 2015 effects the salary cap for the 2011 Sox why not delay the offical annoucement?
    If it was based on how many each player earns in a specific year, then the deal would have already been annouced.

  4. mcsnide - Dec 6, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    If there really is a deal in place now, this waiting until April to avoid the luxury tax business is silly. When the game is being so transparently rigged, it’s time to change the rules of the game.

    I couldn’t agree more. Any suggestions on how to do that, short of banning the signing of extensions between, say, April 1 and May 31? Or do you try to re-calculate luxury tax every time a deal gets signed, regardless of when?

  5. Jonny 5 - Dec 6, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Doesn’t 27 million more than Werth equate to “something bigger for himself”? Call me crazy But 27 million is a huge difference.

    • spindervish - Dec 6, 2010 at 11:06 PM

      The implication is that this extension is about what Gonzalez might have gotten pre-Werth. If the Werth nuttiness really meant it’s now Thunderdome, Gonzalez would probably have been able to extort something really ludicrous.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2010 at 8:29 AM

        When you look at both men’s stats, Add to the fact it was a trade, and not a FA bid. Add a little extra $ to Werth to go to such a losing team. And you’d expect about a 27 million dollar difference in salary over a 7 year span to the + for Adrian wouldn’t you? I wouldn’t expect much more going to him than that comparing the two. So if the Werth signing is nutty at those terms, Adrians is equally nutty. He’s just better (which he’s being compensated for) It’s still 7 years for both, and Werth being 3 years older has an extra “nutty” factor there. But I say that contract is very very sweet for Gonzalez. And at face value I think it compares pretty well with Werth’s contract taking everything into consideration. I wasn’t aware these results were released until a day after we knew about Werth, and there was word of some extension haggling, so maybe he did bootstrap them some? It’s TWENTY SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS, It’s a big difference.

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