Red Sox, A-Gon Complete Deal

According to Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net New England, the Red Sox and Adrian Gonzalez have finally agreed to a contract extension that will keep the power hitting first baseman in the lineup for a very long time.

“What had been rumored for months will be made official Friday — the Red Sox and Adrian Gonzalez, according to sources, have agreed to a seven-year, $154 million contract extension.

A news conference to announce the deal is expected Friday afternoon.”

Is it just me, or is this just about the most anti-climactic news you’ve heard in weeks.  We’ve all known that this was coming since the Red Sox and Padres completed the trade back in December.  The Red Sox wouldn’t have traded four prospects, including the once untouchable Casey Kelly, to the Padres for a one year rental.  As I saw it, even though A-Gon hadn’t officially agreed to the contract, I’ve been working under the assumption an agreement was a foregone conclusion.  (As a reference, here was my original projection for A-Gon’s value.)

While I know that the Red Sox front office will tell you that they were holding off on completing the deal pending further evaluation of Gonzalez’s surgically repaired right shoulder, anyone who believes that is probably more than a little naive.  I’m not saying this didn’t factor into the equation, but it certainly wasn’t the primary motivating factor.  The main reason why the two sides waited to officially announce the completion of the contract was so the Red Sox could avoid paying the Competitive Balance Tax (also known as the luxury tax) for the 2011 season.

While I’m thrilled the Red Sox have a front office full of people who are smart and savvy enough to uncover and exploit loopholes within the collectively bargained rules, I’m not sure if it’s entirely ethical to drive a metaphorical truck through this one.  The revenue sharing model baseball currently employs is clearly imperfect, but it’s there to serve a purpose.  Exploitation of loopholes this egregious need to be reviewed by the offices of Major League Baseball because of their anti-competitive nature.  I’m not saying that the Red Sox should be punished.  In fact, far from it.  They were fully playing within the rules outlined in the CBA, and it’d be grossly unfair to retroactively penalize the Red Sox for doing something other teams have been doing for years.  My point is that if MLB really thinks revenue sharing is vital to the sport (a point I question), management needs to find a way to close these loopholes.  Otherwise, what’s the point of having such a program?

Regardless of how I feel about the manner in which his contract situation was handled, I’m thrilled that A-Gon will be anchoring our everyday lineup through 2018.  He seems like a natural fit for both the Red Sox and Fenway Park.  Even better yet, his new contract looks to be a pretty good value for the club.

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After being slapped with a restraining order for stealing Nick Cafardo's mail, I was forced into retirement for a brief period of time. As fun as it was to lounge around the community pool and play shuffleboard with noted internet columnist, Murray Chass, I quickly felt a yearning to write again. Now in my second tenure with Fire Brand, I have set lofty goals of achieving world domination, ending the plight of the hipsters, and becoming BFFs with Mike Trout. I am fluent in two languages (Sarcasm and English, in that order); have an intimate relationship with M&Ms; firmly believe that Lucille is the best character on Arrested Development; and spend my spare time trolling select members of the Boston media. You can follow me on Twitter @Chip_Buck.

5 Responses to “Red Sox, A-Gon Complete Deal” Subscribe

  1. Matt April 15, 2011 at 5:18 AM #

    As long as some owners are pocketing the revenue sharing money and not spending it on players, I am ok with teams exploiting this loop hole.

    • Chip Buck April 15, 2011 at 8:22 AM #

      Well, that's also another major problem. The revenue sharing model MLB is a total sham. The loopholes in the system are massive, and it needs to either be revamped or scrapped entirely. Again, I don't have a problem with the Red Sox using the loophole to their advantage (I'd expect every team to do that). My issue is mostly with the system. If MLB wants some level of competitive balance using a revenue sharing/competitive balance tax model (I'd argue it's unnecessary to begin with), they need to keep things like this from happening.

      • John N. Buck April 23, 2011 at 11:00 PM #

        Chip congradulation on your success with fire brand bog. I do agree that revenue sharing is a sham. Boston and the Yankees put there money back into there teams. Where other owner put in there pockets,the system is broken and the only way I see to fix is to put a min. salary that teams can spend or get rid of revenue sharing. Best of luck
        Uncle John


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