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The Dodgers claim Adrian Gonzalez on waivers, but don’t get too excited yet

Aug 24, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

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As is the case with almost every player who makes more than the league minimum, Adrian Gonzalez was placed on waivers by the Red Sox.  Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have been awarded the waiver claim on Gonzalez.

Which, while interesting, doesn’t necessarily mean anything. August waivers are revocable waivers, and the Sox can pull him back. Or they can negotiate a trade with the Dodgers with the idea that, if they don’t like what the Dodgers are offering, they’ll pull him back.  Or, if the Sox simply want rid of Gonzalez, they can let the Dodgers have him for nothing.  Well, not nothing: the Dodgers would have to pay the $131 million+ the Sox owe him through 2018. But like I said: interesting. If for no other reason than it shows that the Dodgers are willing to take on huge money if the opportunity presents itself.  And that they’re aware of just how putrid James Loney is.

Seems doubtful anything will happen though. While the Red Sox season is sunk, they do have to have someone to play first base in the near future, and they don’t have a lot of options at the ready for that.  And the Dodgers don’t seem to have anything of sufficient baseball value to give up to make it worth Boston’s while. Any other team might like out of Gonzalez’s contract, but the Red Sox aren’t exactly hurting for cash.

Worth watching for the next 72 hours or so (which is how long the Sox have to pull him back), but don’t hold your breath.

  1. hackerjay - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    It’s got to be kind of tempting for the Red Sox to just let the Dodgers have him. I don’t think he’s done or anything, but at the same time he is 30, and going to be paid $21 million a year until he’s 36. I kind of think that this year, not last year, is probably closer to the type of production you’ll get from him going forward, and while nice, that’s not a $21 million player.

    • bigleagues - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      BREAKING: Sean McAdams is reporting that a team HAS CLAIMED Josh Beckett. No confirmation yet on whether it’s the Dodgers.

      Put your seatbelts on . . .

      • natslady - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Put a reply in the Lannan thread. It may not be satisfactory, but I’m at work and couldn’t do much more.

  2. redguy12588 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Sometimes feels like small market teams and large market teams are playing different sports.

  3. natslady - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Off-topic, but I don’t know where to put this question. Right now there is a three-way tie for the 2nd WC in the AL. If that happens on Oct. 3rd, how is it untangled?

    • CJ - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I believe it would be settled by two play in games (Team 1 vs. team 2, then winner vs team 3), the winner of those play-in games gets the privilidge of playing in the next play in game vs. 1st wild card. The winner of that game gets to play in the post-season as we knew it last year?

      • natslady - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        How do they decide who is team 1, 2, and 3? W/L record against the other WC teams? Coin flip. Proximity?

      • CJ - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        coin toss I think? That, or Lord Selig decrees that he arbitrarily gets to pick the representative. Which means it’ll be the Brewers. He doesn’t give a damn if they’re in the NL. :)

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        So basically you’ll have mulitple wild card teams. I mean, these face-offs are 1 game affairs right?

      • dondada10 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        I believe they use a coin-toss. Proximity makes too much sense for Major League Baseball.

      • blackandbluedivision - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        What about home field? That would suck for the fans if home field is determined by a coin toss.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    The Dodgers claimed Cliff Lee too. Guess they have some extra money laying around now that they have new owners. Good for them.

    • Alex K - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:01 PM

      I think it’s more that they know the chances are very slim that either player will be a Dodger, so they are putting their hat in the ring for everyone they want. Plus, yeah, they probably can afford both guys.

  5. poprox13 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Gonzalez for Kemp, your move Dodgers

    • b7p19 - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Uuuummmm, right….

    • thereisaparty - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      I’ll ignore team needs for now, but you’re proposing AGon (6yr/$127mm) swapped for Matt Kemp (7yr/$148)? Kemp is two years younger and plays a premium defensive position.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        Throw in Kershaw and we’ve got us a deal………………….

      • poprox13 - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        I was just making a joke, with that said, AGonz is going nowhere.

      • thereisaparty - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        I was hoping you would make a legitmate argument. Matt Kemp was a replacement level player in 2010, has been injured for a significant chunk of this year (future concern?), and probably should be moved off of CF. If you squint hard enough, your joke isn’t totally crazy.

  6. xpensivewinos - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Dear Stuffed Shirts at the Boston Red Sox,

    LET HIM GO!!!!!

    Free up the money (along with Matsuzaka’s which is coming off the books) and do whatever you possibly can to dump as many of the other overpriced sacks of crap on this team and start the rebuilding process NOW!!!!!!!!!

    Regards,

    Mort Goldman………..again.

    • redsoxfan75 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Mr. Goldman to you I say ……ahhh hemm ” AMMMMEEENNNNNNNN BROTHER ” !

      Get these over hyped over priced bums outta town ……The team of Millar, Damon, Schilling, Mueller, a healthy Varitek, these guys had so much heart, and played with life. These guys are killing me and lots of other fans with their lack of , well, heart.

      • ezthinking - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        and Ortiz and Manny. Damon and Schilling weren’t cheap either. Then there was Pedro and Beckett, and Lowell, and JD and on and on …. A team of “Millar, Damon, Schilling, Mueller, a healthy Varitek” wasn’t winning crap without the middle of the lineup and the rest of the pitching staff.

    • thereisaparty - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      Overpriced? AGon is having a down year but is still on pace for 4.2 fWAR. At $5mm per win, he ends up saving the RedSox a little money this year. Combine that with the surplus value from last year and what can be expected in the next two years, and the contract looks pretty fair.

      As for matters of heart, that sure is a wonderful narrative to stick to a struggling team. What proof is there that Adrian has not been playing with heart?

      Speaking of bums, Kevin Millar was worth 2.5 fWAR in three seasons with the Red Sox. Gonzalez is on pace for nearly 11 fWAR in two seasons. But fWAR does not take heart into account …

  7. spudatx - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Tell us how you really feel about Loney, Craig.

    • thereisaparty - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Is there more than one way to feel about a starting 1B with a career .139 ISO?

      • davidpom50 - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

        Ah, remember the glory days, when Loney was capable of a .139 ISO, 49 pts higher than his current 2012 ISO? Holy shit, he sucks so bad!

      • thereisaparty - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        15HR in less than 100 games in 2007! So much promise …

  8. bigharold - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    I wonder if anybody claimed Crawford from waivers?

  9. ddjesus - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    what’s the point of putting him on waivers if you don’t plan to move him?

    • hammyofdoom - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Nearly every player is put on waivers, at least the ones making more than league minimum anywho

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      Because what if we take this ridiculously absurd example, and say the Dodgers wanted to trade Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw to the Angels for Vernon Wells straight up. To do so, all three players would have to pass through revocable waivers without being claimed. If, in the above scenario, the Sox pull back AGon, he’s no longer eligible to be traded for the rest of the year.

      Almost every player gets put on waivers, often to hide the players that teams really want to trade. It’s a formality where most are just pulled back.

    • thereisaparty - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Possibly to determine his value. Just because they do not plan to move him, doesn’t mean they won’t if an offer wows them.

  10. hammyofdoom - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    I see absolutely no way that this happens. Last hear he had his highest WAR ever, and this year his second half has been crazy good. Sure if the Dodgers wanted to give up 2-3-4 top prospects they’d get Gonzalez but that’d be their mistake. Why is it that EVERY time a guy has one down year people circle him like sharks saying that he’s either done or going to be traded? The dude had one bad half year, if he leaves then Sox fans would NOT be pleased, at all.

    • teaspoon1731 - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      Well, some Sox “fans” would be pleased as punch. But they’re obviously idiots. Like the three guys higher up in the comments calling him a bum.

  11. sportsdrenched - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Regardsless of what happens here. You notice that the Dodgers ownership is more agressive than McCourt. Certainly something to watch in the coming years. Not just this weekend.

  12. anvil35 - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    I hope that Cherington and the Sox are not really thinking about dumping Gonzo. He is the stud hitter they had been after since Manny left town. He is not part of the problem in Beantown. The trouble rests on the mound, and the managers office. The only way I even consider this is if Beckett and Lackey are traded with Gonzo…

  13. rjostewart - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Yeah, I kind of can’t believe I have to actually say this, but Adrian Gonzalez is still one of the best first basemen in the league, and signed to a far better deal than Fielder, Teixeira, Pujols, Howard, or Votto.

    Going to go out on a limb and suggest that the shoulder may have had something to do with the weak first half and his strong second half probably indicates that it has healed.

  14. phillyphan93 - Aug 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Gotta respect the aggression, watch out in the offseason they clearly want to spend $100 million on somebody.

  15. schlom - Aug 24, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    The Red Sox should totally dump Gonzalez to free up money to pursue a big name free agent pitcher. Everyone knows those deals almost never go bad.

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