Greetings new friends and old followers.
Its time to get back at this –
The title of this post is a little misleading. The Alex Gonzalez signed today to a one year contract worth 2.75 million dollars is not, thankfully, the same Alex Gonzalez who wooed women in Toronto throughout the late 90’s but is instead the Alex Gonzalez who has played for Florida, Boston and Cincinnati.
A day after signing John MacDonald as a utility middle infielder to a two year deal worth 3 million dollars the Blue Jays signed the slick fielding Gonzalez to a one year deal with a club option for 2.5 million dollars in for the 2011 season.
This deal makes sense for a number of reasons. Chiefly, the signing of Gonzalez enables the Blue Jays to let 2009’s starting shortstop, Marco Scutaro, attempt to find a big contract in free agency. Marco will surely command more than what he is truly worth after playing above his talent level for the first half of this past season. Gonzalez, a year younger than Scutaro, is a better fielder and his hitting is similar to or better than Scutaro’s over his career.
Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, this deal frees the Blue Jays up in trade talks for Roy Halladay from having to go after a prospect to fill the shortstop position. While they may still look for someone to be the shortstop of the future, this is no longer such a dire need.
Thirdly, because Gonzalez is not a type A or B free agent the Blue Jays do not have to surrender draft picks in order to sign him.
Finally, if the Jays now choose to let Scutaro go they will receive draft picks as compensation.
While not a blockbuster move for our new GM it represents a quick and effective signing that allows the Blue Jays to spend less time and resources on signing Marco Scutaro in order to focus on getting the best deal possible for Roy Halladay.