Red Sox Place Adrian Gonzalez On Trade Waivers

The Red Sox have placed Adrian Gonzalez on trade waivers, a source tells Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com (via Twitter).  A player being placed on trade waivers does not necessarily mean that he will be traded, but the first baseman could potentially draw interest from other clubs.

At one point this summer, the Dodgers inquired on the slugger, though its not clear how receptive the Red Sox were to the interest.  Ned Colletti & Co. reportedly offered pieces that could help Boston in the future, though the Dodgers' farm system isn't tremendously deep.  

Gonzalez's seven-year contract extension calls for him to make $4.82MM for the remainder of 2012 ($21MM total), $21MM annually through 2016, and $21.5MM in '17 and '18.  The veteran also holds a partial no-trade clause.


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113 Comments on "Red Sox Place Adrian Gonzalez On Trade Waivers"


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MaineSox
2 years 10 months ago

They aren’t trading Gonzalez; how would that make any sense at all?

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jlasovage
2 years 10 months ago

Why not. Rebuild around the haul of prospects plus cap relief. He has been surronded by controversy from his shoulder last year to his texts this year. Sox could get alot for him

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MaineSox
2 years 10 months ago

They don’t need to rebuild, and they don’t have another 1B in the system. It wouldn’t make any sense to deal him.

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jlasovage
2 years 10 months ago

Long term pitching, rf, cf, catching but no no rebuild. Ill give the sox 2nd base, ss,lf and 3rd. Maybe jackie bradley in cf and kahlish is a stretch

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MaineSox
2 years 10 months ago

Kalish isn’t that much of a stretch in RF, and Brentz is playing really well in RF in AA (and some expect Bogaerts – their #1 prospect – to possibly end up in RF; Bradley is about as close to a lock for CF as anyone can be; Lavarnway is ready and should be able to catch at least half the time, plus they have Vazquez, Butler, and Swihart at different levels of the minors; and they have their current rotation locked up for the next 2-3 years, and 9 out of their top 20 prospects are pitchers, including Barnes (#2) and Owens (#8) in their top ten.

On the other hand, none of their top 20 prospects are 1B, and only two of their top 40 prospects play 1B – one of whom is Mauro Gomez (who has played a little with the Sox this year and is no better than a AAAA journeyman), and the other is Travis Shaw (who just a couple weeks ago was promoted to AA and while he projects to be a decent player, he doesn’t project to be anywhere near what Gonzalez is).

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johnsilver
2 years 10 months ago

Probably just to see if could get some grandiose haul in exchange is it. LA doesn’t have what it would take and we both know Gonzalez will be the core of any team for years to come, regardless of how some others who might drag along here and post jibberish may think.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 10 months ago

almost every player in the league is on waivers at this point. its non news. no way they get rid of gonzalez on that contract

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dc21892
2 years 10 months ago

That deal is an absolute bargain.

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not_brooks
2 years 10 months ago

It’s hard to say that the contact of the eighth highest paid player in the game is a bargain, regardless of how good the player is.

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johnsilver
2 years 10 months ago

Probably best compared to the rest of the 1b in the game how his contract stacks up. Age, bat, glove, how he should fare over the course of the contract.. it is easy to look at his and think he should hold up fairly well until his 36th B-Day. Look at Pujols, signed into his 40’s, Fielder signed until his 39th and thing.. Ugh.. Howard, getting 25m until his 37th.

The Tex LT deal was probably the best bargain of them all.

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dc21892
2 years 10 months ago

That’s exactly what I meant by it.

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johnsilver
2 years 10 months ago

I understand :-) of late, a chosen few here need more than words and just see names, or figures on a contract and think someone is either of no use, or not worth anything.

Outside of Tex when it comes to the massive LT deals given to 1b the last few seasons, Gonzalez probably has the best chance of being a useful player throughout and that includes Votto.. Signed for well north of 200m total until his 39th B-Day.

You know someone interesting who may break the cycle and not get a overly long contract after 2013? Justin Morneau.. Long unheralded and IMO, one of the finer all around 1b there is.

Something that could be looked at next off season and granted is slime chance if the Twins do not move him before hand.. NYY move Tex (assuming he is still producing at top level) and see if Morneau is open to a short term deal. Short term as in 3-4 year.

If Tex is still producing as he has since well before the Yankees signed him, he would still have some trade value, even owed 66m through his 36th B-day and the NYY could possibly find another guy who would benefit greatly from the short porch in right with little loss in the field and 1 year younger.. probably save some $$$ AAV also, if the LAD were not bidding them up. Possibly even deal Tex to the Dodgers.

lot of far sighted and remote possibilities, but possible. Hard to predict what Cashman is thinking. he is shrewd.

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Lunchbox45
2 years 10 months ago

had he reached free agency, he easily would have gotten 40 million dollars more and 2-3 more years, based on what we saw in the market place.

he’s extension isn’t cheap, but yes its a bargain

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cubs223425
2 years 10 months ago

No, it woudl be a bargain if he was doing what he did in 2011. IF he continues on his current pace, and he reaches 160 games played, he will have 19-20 homers. For what he’s getting paid, that’s unaccetpable, especailly at 1B, a power position. He’s hitting for less power and walking 40% less, and that’s really bad.

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MaineSox
2 years 10 months ago

Look at his deal compared to the other 1B to sign since then and it looks like quite a bargain.

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not_brooks
2 years 10 months ago

“A player being placed on trade waivers does not necessarily mean that he will be traded…”

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MaineSox
2 years 10 months ago

If you take out the three dots the sentence literally ends with “but the first baseman could potentially draw interest from other clubs.”

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Mike Query
2 years 10 months ago

Im sure lots of teams would have interest in guys like King Felix, Justin Upton, Andrew Mccutchen, Mike Trout and so on too. Luckily there is a pretty big difference in interest and an actual trade.

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MaineSox
2 years 10 months ago

So what. This is a post about him being placed on waivers and it talks about teams being interested in him. Is it really that out of place to say that they aren’t going to trade him?

Also, have you read any farther down the page? Because there are tons of comments from people who say their team should trade for him, and people saying the Sox should trade him, so obviously there are people who think he could/should be traded.

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Karkat
2 years 10 months ago

MaineSox you know better than this xD

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BMiggy
2 years 10 months ago

will NEVER HAPPEN but I wonder if the Sox would trade him and all his salary for Ike Davis (Cheap, power) & a prospect or two.

Mets need a solid middle of the order hitter, Red Sox could use the salary relief for other parts of team

I REPEAT, will never happen. Just wondering from a Sox perspective

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JackParkman
2 years 10 months ago

It’d probably have to be Ike Davis, Harvey, and a few more pieces for the Sox to consider it.

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BMiggy
2 years 10 months ago

for that salary? I don’t think it would take Harvey or Wheeler.

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notsureifsrs
2 years 10 months ago

you are mistaken

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JackParkman
2 years 10 months ago

Ya his salary is huge, but its not as high as Pujols, Howard, Fielder, Teixeira, Votto. Anyone from that list deserves a team’s top prospect (if not one, then a few). Gonz can hit with anyone of those players, too.

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Cosmo3
2 years 10 months ago

You’re among several people who seem to have missed this, but AGon is signed to a great value, considering what the other 1B in his class are making. His “bargain” contract is a big reason why a team would have to give up a monster haul to acquire him.

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saul.
2 years 10 months ago

Yes let’s do this and watch Gonzo turn into Jason Bay.

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MaineSox
2 years 10 months ago

Right, because the two are almost exactly the same player…

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chicothekid
2 years 10 months ago

The Mets won’t do that deal so it doesn’t matter. They aren’t spending their money at 1b when they THINK Ike could be the answer. They don’t have a lot of money to spend on payroll, (man that sounds awful to say) so they won’t be upgrading that position. If a trade could be made for an OF with power, they might be interested, but I just don’t see this deal happening for the Mets.

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jordan
2 years 10 months ago

why the heck is this news… EVERY PLAYER IS PLACED ON TRADE WAIVERS! Why would the sox trade one of their best players and one of the top 10 1B and a bargain $$ wise (compared to the other 1B in MLB) and secondly, who the hell would play 1B

NON NEWS

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corey23
2 years 10 months ago

slow news period

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notsureifsrs
2 years 10 months ago

what makes news is largely decided by what drives traffic

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johnsilver
2 years 10 months ago

What has been driving traffic of late has been negativity, maroons and plain old front runners.

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BruceP
2 years 10 months ago

Go get him Ned!

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Gumby65
2 years 10 months ago

Are these types of waivers different then the August 1st waivers, or can a claim still be traded/sent packing for contract to claimant/rescinded, and blocked by lower-standing clubs?

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

Same all month of august