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Just because a guy doesn't equal whatever WAR per year = 20mill doesn't make it a good idea to just let him go after one substandard year. And especially when you gave up Casey kelly, Anthony Rizzo (and Fuentes) to get him.
3. These arn't the GD Padres. In a vacuum, a team with this much revenue letting go Adrian Gonzalez so they can give up a draft choice for Adam Laroche is not remotely a good idea. Maybe after all is said and done a Mike Napoli might...sorta.. even things out though.
2. Sox are paying about 4 mill of each of Agons first three years so take that in consideration when one says things like 'No idea why anyone liked that trade for LA'. And frankly 'made it all the way through waivers for a reason' is a horrible piece of logic.
If he was valuable enough to take freaking Crawford's contract in order to get him then he should have been claimed by the first team that could grab him just to flip even if they had no use for him or couldn't afford him. Do explain how that is "a horrid piece of logic."
Also, rampant collusion/gentlemen's agreements.
wait, AGon is traded, and we didn't have to pay half his salary? He hasn't hit in a year!..."
And i certainly didn't know they traded him for a GD reliever while his minor league numbers didn't remotely suggest 'bust'. Idiots.
These are your people? You're like the nicest guy at a Klan rally. But it's still a Klan rally.
And also I thought the point was to get below the Luxury Tax last year. Has that changed to *always* staying below? Because I find that repugnant in the current market and with a team that makes so much money.
i agree with darren, which makes the decision to trade for gonzo in the first place look really bad. they traded for a guy with a serious injury red flag, which forced them to move youk, who was playing at an all-star level at 1b to 3rd, which displaced adrian beltre. youk predictably wore down trying to play 3b and beltre, the red sox best player in 2010, continued to play near his 2010 level. total disaster all around, and anthony rizzo's major league career has just started. blech.
Someday, I'd like to have a long discussion about whether it's wiser to play your financial game year (or two) to year or for the long haul. In other words, do you think Baseball (financially) should be played tacticlly or strategicly? And if it's both, how much weight either way.
i'd be really surprised if 3b doesn't take significantly more effort than 1b.
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