Don’t let the hot stove burn you!
The deadline in which teams had exclusive rights to negotiate with their own free agents passed over the weekend and we are now in full free-agent wheeling and dealing season.
The Red Sox have already made a significant move by picking up the $12.5 million option to make David Ortiz a member of the 2011 team. I can’t help but feel this is a mistake. That’s a lot of money for an only-slightly-better-than-run-of-the-mill DH. Adam Dunn will sign for less. Even Manny Ramirez will probably be playing for less than that. I’d rather this money go into bringing back Victor Martinez or even Adrian Beltre. And I just can’t stomach another excruciatingly brutal April with Ortiz struggling to get his average over .200.
But beyond this, it just feels like it is time for the Sox to focus on the future and not on the past. Ortiz is definitely the past, and this will surely be his last year with the club. Let’s move on already!
As for other possibilities, I hope the Sox do not trade a lot of quality prospects for the opportunity to pay Adrian Gonzalez $100 million for the next five years. If you end up paying him that much, don’t give away a boatload of prospects too! That’s too much money for one guy and we already have Kevin Youkilis at first base, who is at least as good as Gonzalez. If you’re going to empty the farm system for a good player, think about trying to pry Ryan Zimmerman away from the Nationals. He’s actually younger than Gonzalez. He’s owed about $35 million through 2013. Gonzalez and he have similar stats, though Gonzalez is clearly the better slugger, with a slighly higher OPS.
Zimmerman at 3rd and Youk at 1st would be a great corner infield tandem. Why would the Nationals be willing to trade him? Probably they wouldn’t. But if you dangle the same prospects in front of them as those that it would take to get Gonzalez, it just might be enough. Remember, their franchise player, Stephen Strasburg, is probably not going to pitch again until 2012. Perhaps the Nationals would be willing to invest in the future. Or not. I’m just trying to think outside the box.
Well, I’ve got to go now and find out if the Dallas Cowboys have fired head coach Wade Phillips yet.