November 18, 2006

Gonzo Signs With Reds For 3/14

Well.

He was eye-popping in the field, but that's a lot of green for a guy with a career .684 OPS (and a .299 OBP (!) last year).

It sounds like the Red Sox were firm about not offering him anything more than one year. Plus, we got Cora and his three-year OPS of .672 for only 2/4.

We still need a starting shortstop. I doubt Theo can convince Julio Lugo to sign for two years -- Lugo would like four -- but how about 3/27?

9 comments:

Jack Marshall said...

Perfect timing! Now we can bring up Hanley Ram...wait a minute...

Woti-woti said...

If you're a glass half-full guy, you think the Red Sox do have a plan, AGon did not figure into it (otherwise they would have tried to extend him), they did not mis-read the market (although they may have to make an upward adjustment)and unless a trade is the plan, then it's Lugo. Since he's the best FA shortstop and just turned 31, 3/27 sounds about right--given the market. I don't like his inconsistent fielding, do like his bat, don't like the way he ended last season. I also don't like waiting around for last man standing (who, ironically, was AGon last year). So we'll go with Lugo.
If you're a glass half-empty guy, you think, shit, Theo and co. are as bad at evaluating shortstops as they are at middle relief.

9casey said...

Would the sox or the rangers do , Michael Young - Manny , straight up?

redsock said...

i'm praying we never find out.

James M. Cole said...

I don't understand all of the love that Gonzalez gets. He made some crazy plays, but I was never all that impressed with his defense, other than his ability to dazzle. Kind of like Derek Jeter, not so much like Adam Everett. And he SUCKS offensively. I'd rather not have him in the lineup, and I can take him or leave him in the field. 5 million dollars a year for 3 years is absurd.

Sean O said...

I posted virtually the same thing on Fire Brand, but why on earth do we pay a guy who can't hit like Lugo 8 or 9m a year? Didn't we dump Renteria because he had a low-700 OPS with mediocre OBP? Why do we turn around and give the same to Lugo? Why don't we try to get a guy with some upside?

Lugo is a huge mistake if we do it.

Woti-woti said...

It's easy to take pot-shots, guys, but who do you want at short that is readily obtainable?

Jack Marshall said...

I can't understand debunking Gonzo's fielding at all. He was smooth as silk on the DP, and I never held my breath when he was about to make a throw, like I did with Renteria and Nomar. He had terrific range, and his relays were the equal of anybody. That said, his hitting was not acceptible...and saying that, recognize that you're saying that our untouchable catcher's offense also isn't what we need. But having TWO hitters like that is more of a burden than an offense can bear in 2007.

Geopat said...

I know this isn't addressing the value for $$$ issue, but I felt myself "holding my breath" during the World Series on infield plays that I'd come to accept as routine during the Sox season. As a fan, I really appreciate my team's athleticism -- sure it sucks when the same guy can't advance runners in the next inning, but who has a formula for what outweighs what? I know I'm leaving myself wide open for a lesson, here.