Alex Gonzalez a Blue Jay

Alex Gonzalez has reportedly signed a one year contract worth $2.75 million with a $2.5 million club option for 2011. Gonzo came over from the Reds to reprise his role as Boston shortstop late last season and was simply excellent. The Sox declined his $6 million option and took the risk of letting the free agent market play out. Barring a trade, it seems as if this limits Boston to Marco Scutaro, who is the outgoing Blue Jays shortstop. The signing on Toronto's end would be rather smart in this regard as it would force their division rival to give up their first-round pick to the team that signed Gonzalez.

Alex Gonzalez has reportedly signed a one year contract worth $2.75 million with a $2.5 million club option for 2011. Gonzo came over from the Reds to reprise his role as Boston shortstop late last season and was simply excellent. The Sox declined his $6 million option and took the risk of letting the free agent market play out.

Barring a trade, it seems as if this limits Boston to Marco Scutaro, who is the outgoing Blue Jays shortstop. The signing on Toronto’s end would be rather smart in this regard as it would force their division rival to give up their first-round pick to the team that signed Gonzalez.

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  1. M.A.G. November 26, 2009 at 5:49 PM #

    If we sign Scutaro, that makes easier to sign Holliday, because (correct me if I'm wrong) we cannot lose more than one first round draft pick, if we sign more than one type A FA.

    I wonder how many years Scutaro will want.

  2. E_Rock November 26, 2009 at 6:00 PM #

    maybe i'm remiss, or my comprehension of the draft pick compensation is skewed; wouldn't we get compensation from Wagner that would in effect nullify signing Scutaro?

    • M.A.G. November 26, 2009 at 3:46 PM #

      We get compensation picks for Bay and Wagner, and if we sign another type A FA, we lose one first round pick. But if we sign 2 type A FAs, we still lose only one first round pick.

  3. bob November 26, 2009 at 6:25 PM #

    there is no way in hell that I want to give up a draft pick for Scutaro. looks like Lowrie is the SS for next year

    • M.A.G. November 26, 2009 at 3:41 PM #

      I agree. But if we sign Holliday, then we don’t need to give a first round pick for Scutaro. And, of course, we get draft picks for Bay and Wagner.

      Somebody correct me if I’m wrong about this, but I think this is what happened last year with the Yanks. They signed more than one type A FA, but only losed one first round pick.

      • JoeSox November 26, 2009 at 5:44 PM #

        Sure, they signed 3 Type A's and lost their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks because of it.

        • M.A.G. November 26, 2009 at 7:01 PM #

          But is still better than lose two first round picks, right?

          I’m not saying we should sign Scutaro. I’m just trying to figure what’s our FO’s plan for this offseason. I don’t like the idea of losing a first round pick for Scutaro, but what if the Sox are planing on losing ths 1st round pick anyway? Then the cost of Scutaro looks a little more acceptable.

          In other words, I’m just wondering if the interest in Scutaro is part of a bigger plan to sign Holliday.

          Pure speculation of course.

  4. _Marcos_ November 26, 2009 at 6:33 PM #

    i didn't want him back anyway. This team needs some changes. I don't want see the same team again next year.

    • Gerry November 27, 2009 at 3:07 AM #

      IMO, even if we have the same team back next year, we actually don't have the same team back. This was a 95W, 200+HR, etc. team Also, we've lost Gonzo, Lugo, Gathright, Masterson, Penny, Smoltz, Byrd, Jones, Traber, Cabrera. Even without a big trade, with some FA's this team will compete for the WS.

      1. SP. Buchholz & Matzuzaka replace Penny & Smoltz, for a full season, vastly improving the rotation. Wake pitched hurt last year, is fixed, and feeling "150%". He replaces Byrd and could deliver another 11W-17W season. At the very least, they will be augmented by one or two of Harden, Sheets, Bedard, Duchscherer for depth and added wins.

      2. RP. Bard is available for his first full season. Billy Wagner replaced Justin Masterson. If he doesn't come back, then Soriano &/or M. Gonzalez &/or Duchscherer will, as will the newly focused J. Papelbon.

      3. IF-DH. Mike Lowell plays his swan song on a fully repaired hip, for a full season, hitting .290/ 22/ 100/. 850, and his range will virtually return. Backed by Youk & Jed. Jed Lowrie will play his first full season, probably with Marco Scutaro who is an excellent SS who could continue his pattern of improvement, or regress to his adjusted av. of .265/ .337/ .384 w. 10/ 57/ 78 with 7SB & 57BB/ 73K. Pretty good. Also, from James to the oddsmakers, Papi is projected to have a full and productive season.

      4. C. Victor Martinez will play a full season. He hits well for the Sox, yes? With Tek playing part time, his usual strong start (13HR first half last year) could continue into the summer. Brown, Wagner & Expo will all be playing on 9/1 or before.

      5. OF. J.D. had minor surgery to help his already good game. Ells will play his 2nd full season in CF, improving his reads. Either J.Bay will return, or Theo will sign Holliday, or come up with a Hermida/?? solution to get the job done. Less power #'s, better defense, fewer K's.

      Sum: Full seasons by Matsuzaka, Buchholz, Wake/Harden, Bard, Wagner/Soriano, Martinez, Lowell, Papi, and a part-time role by Tek make this same team a much better team. Picking up FA Harden, Soriano, Duchscherer, Scutaro, and maybe Figgins, Dye, Cameron, ??? further improves the team.
      IMO, last year's team was picked to win it all. This year's improved team could do it.

      • _Marcos_ November 27, 2009 at 3:29 AM #

        you're an optimist

        • Gerry November 27, 2009 at 7:36 PM #

          Well, Marcos, it's a no brainer to think this cup is half full. Getting swept in the postseason was as much an anomaly as Damon, Matsui, Cano, Posada, Pettitte, Jeter, Rivera ALL having great years. The Sox did extremely well in 2009 despite serious issues with Daisuke, Buchholz, Wake, Pap, Lowell, Ortiz, Tek, Lowrie, Lugo, plus Byrd, Penny, Smoltz, etc. That they won 95G and entered the exclusive 200HR club, with so many problems, was quite a feat, and is a fact.

          I'm not guaranteeing all the wounded Sox will come back with guns blazing, but IMO their chances are good. Augmented and upgraded by Scutaro, Harden/Duchscherer, and maybe Halladay or Lackey and/or AGon or MCab, I like their chances. Theo said the "old guard" will get a last chance to win it all, but being a realist he is also bringing in reinforcements. It is probable this team will be working on all cylinders on 4/1/10 and be facing the Angels, without Lackey & others, again in October.

          Finally, for several decades I was one of the Sox fans saying "wait 'till next year". These days, saying that is more than an act of faith or hope, because it has much more of a ring of truth to it.