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"


MaineSox
3 years 9 days ago

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

jlasovage
3 years 9 days 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

MaineSox
3 years 9 days 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.

jlasovage
3 years 9 days 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

MaineSox
3 years 8 days 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).

johnsilver
3 years 9 days 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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 days 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

dc21892
3 years 9 days ago

That deal is an absolute bargain.

not_brooks
3 years 9 days 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.

johnsilver
3 years 9 days 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.

dc21892
3 years 9 days ago

That’s exactly what I meant by it.

johnsilver
3 years 9 days 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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 days 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

cubs223425
3 years 9 days 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.

MaineSox
3 years 9 days ago

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

not_brooks
3 years 9 days ago

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

MaineSox
3 years 9 days ago

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

Mike Query
3 years 9 days 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.

MaineSox
3 years 8 days 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.

Karkat
3 years 9 days ago

MaineSox you know better than this xD

BMiggy
3 years 9 days 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

JackParkman
3 years 9 days ago

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

BMiggy
3 years 9 days ago

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 days ago

you are mistaken

JackParkman
3 years 9 days 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.

Cosmo3
3 years 9 days 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.

saul.
3 years 9 days ago

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

MaineSox
3 years 9 days ago

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

chicothekid
3 years 9 days 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.

jordan
3 years 9 days 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

corey23
3 years 9 days ago

slow news period

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 days ago

what makes news is largely decided by what drives traffic

johnsilver
3 years 9 days ago

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

BruceP
3 years 9 days ago

Go get him Ned!

Gumby65
3 years 9 days 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?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 days ago

Same all month of august

3 years 9 days ago

The Red Sox want payroll money to go out next season.

Alan Soberanes
3 years 9 days ago

The Dodgers should step up. They did try to get him before the trade deadline.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 days ago

Adrian just doesn’t see tthe ball well at dodger stadium, His numbers at DS are pretty bad.

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 9 days ago

I’d offer Zach Lee, Dee Gordon and Shawn Tolleson for Adrian Gonzalez.

Also offer to take on the whole contract, too.

Don’t know if it would be enough, but couldn’t hurt to ask.

jlasovage
3 years 9 days ago

You covercontract sign em up

dieharddodgerfan
3 years 9 days ago

LOL, actually I just checked and AGon is signed through 2018. I might just do Zach Lee and Chris Withrow for AGon if the Dodgers have to take on that huge of a contract.

soxfan0928
3 years 9 days ago

Have you see Gonzo’s contract vs that of virtually every other 1B in his class?? He’s making quite a bit less.

ivdown
3 years 9 days ago

You do realize Gonzalez is making 20+ million per year, only Pujols and Fielder are actually 1B making more. Teixeira may be close, but I think he’s a couple million less per year.

soxfan0928
3 years 9 days ago

@ivdown:disqus Gonzo actually has the lowest AAV of any of the elite 1B (Fielder, Votto, Teixiera, Pujols), and is signed for only 7 years, which is a big deal considering Fielder got 9 years, Votto got 10, Pujols got 10, and Teixeira got 8.

rkmarx
3 years 9 days ago

Howard isn’t elite, but he’s also making 25M per.

Vmmercan
3 years 9 days ago

Tex is also four years through his deal. Why would it matter how many years they got in terms of signing one of them? You don’t have to pay for their past seasons?

3 years 9 days ago

Ryan Howard is making $25M a year for this year and the next 4 years. Votto is owed $242M over the next 12 years. Tex is making $22.5M this year and the next 4 years. There are at least 5 guys making more than AGon

harmony55
3 years 9 days ago

I suspect few of those players would be claimed if placed on revocable waivers.

andyfrank
3 years 9 days ago

I’ll trade John “I am SO freakin’ overrated” Farrell from the Jays to the BoSox for him, and maybe we in Toronto will go out and sign Tito to replace the huge under-achieving pitcher’s nightmare.

TigerFan1968
3 years 8 days ago

Toronto does not need a 20M aging overpaid ex star. They have Encarnacion and Bautista who are as good as Fielder and Cabrera at 1/3 their price. Jays only need one front line starter and they are right there for years.

Guest
3 years 8 days ago

Yes of course, a 30 year old, all around better player than both of those guys on a super reasonable deal. I agree.

Guest
3 years 9 days ago

A-Gon/Beckett for Hamilton?
probably not but i hope so

SqueakyRat
3 years 9 days ago

You must live in Texas.

Guest
3 years 9 days ago

im a sox fan and i live in jersey bro
i WANT hamilton

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 9 days ago

Just what is needed, more injury prone players!

stl_cards16
3 years 9 days ago

That will be Free Agents in 2 months. Makes perfect since.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 8 days ago

Oh that is right I forgot about that part as well. I still dont understand why supposedly almost every player is put on trade waivers when the team doesnt really want to trade them…

MaineSox
3 years 9 days ago

Hamilton is a free agent in just over a month… Good idea.

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 days ago

Hamiltons a FA at the end of the year, so how does this make any sense?????

saidin09
3 years 9 days ago

Love Hammy, but don’t you think the Sox have enough Problems?

FamousGrouse
3 years 9 days ago

Billy Hamilton or Josh Hamilton?

ASTDGG
3 years 9 days ago

I’m sure Gonzalez would not object to being trade to the Dodgers. He would get to go back to SoCal and play for a team competing for the division. Boston has been nothing but a circus this year and along with the Angels are the biggest disappointments in all of baseball.

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 days ago

Good thing its not his decision. We arn’t trading him unless someone offers something insane and the Dodgers don’t have enough.

john12121212
3 years 9 days ago

LOL at Boston

Manny Being Manny
3 years 9 days ago

It makes sense. If I was the Red Sox, I’d be happy to have someone take that contract.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 days ago

gonzalez’s contract is a bargain

rkmarx
3 years 9 days ago

Thank god you’re not the Red Sox!

dc21892
3 years 9 days ago

Pretty much no news and a non issue. The Sox aren’t going to let a cornerstone piece of the next 6 years. If they do, there is bigger issues than we can even fathom over there.

Jacob
3 years 9 days ago

What about Nick Franklin and James Paxton and the M’s take on the whole contract?

LukeNalooshe
3 years 9 days ago

Nick Franklin is the heir apparent to SS in Seattle.

Jacob
3 years 9 days ago

If he can stick at short. Big if

Bob9988
3 years 8 days ago

I’m not sure i would give them Paxton for him, but i would give them Franklin.

Giorgi Almonte
3 years 9 days ago

I remember last year, everyone talking about him hitting 60 or more HRs, winning easily the MVP, thats really funny right now, wheres his power?

slyfox1908
3 years 9 days ago

Since the All-Star Break, Gonzalez has a triple slash of .358/.400/.634. He is sixth in the AL in home runs, first in RBI, and fourth in slugging percentage. I don’t know where it went, but it’s coming back.

jwsox
3 years 9 days ago

no one ever said he was goig to hit 60hrs

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 days ago

Was it funny last season when he finished 7th for MVP. Give it a rest. Just because somebody says it on ESPN doesn’t mean we drink the kool aid, he is terribly productive either way you look at it.

Randolph_Knackstedt
3 years 9 days ago

Adrian could really help the Giants forget about Cabrera. And Belt could go to LF since he’s been heating up at the plate. But Blanco is much better at defense.

thegrayrace
3 years 8 days ago

Not going to happen as long as the Giants are in first place. Dodgers would put in a claim before the Giants had an opportunity.

But in all likelihood an AL team would claim him before any NL team would have a chance…

Angel Betances
3 years 9 days ago

Well, they shut Crawford down, let Papelbon walk, TRADED Youkilis, Francona is on ESPN, BASICALLY if Theo Epstien signed them, get rid of them. Not saying A Gone is gonna get traded, but if he does, Pedroia and Ortiz are next.

dc21892
3 years 9 days ago

The only Sox being let go soon are the Becketts of the team who are underperforming and hurting the team with all their nonsense.

Leonard Washington
3 years 8 days ago

and Lackey the snitch.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 9 days ago

I think the point is – Put him on waivers and see if someone gets insane, then it’s worth exploring.

Otherwise, nothing to see here.

3 years 9 days ago

How about with the Nationals for Anthony Rendon, Michael Morse and another prospect. Red Sox cut 20m/year off their payroll and the Nationals would become one of the scariest teams in baseball.