We were all counting our chickens…
… and Adrian Gonzalez was counting his money.
I am an open critic of Theo Epstein, but I’m not yet ready to knock him for what went down today… i.e. the death of the deal that would have brought Adrian Gonzalez to Boston. For all we know, the “dead” deal could just be a bargaining ploy for either or both sides in the negotiations for Gonzalez’s contract extension. Or Gonzalez’s agent could have been asking for a ridiculous contract; that is, above and beyond the normal ridiculousness.
I say let’s wait and see. And, who knows, two seasons from now, after Anthony Rizzo puts up sick numbers in his remarkable rookie-of-the-year season, we may all look back on today and say, “Phew!”