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.
I would like to say something to the effect of “Really busy these days fellas, now back into the wonderful world of the Blue Jays!” In fact, I would settle for “The flu I had this weekend kept me down, sorry I didn’t write.” Regrettably, that is not the case. What do we have to stomach lately in the land of the Azure Birds? This.
The Jays wont go wild in this Winter. That’s fine, I can stomach that. Tell me, JP, that you don’t have the money. Tell me that all the free agents that are worth their weight are too expensive. Tell me that Uncle Ted has tightened the purse strings and, by proxy, your hands. Just don’t tell me that you’re planning on resigning AJ or that you’re going to fill the roster with washups, hasbeens and neverweres (Jose Bautista, Matt Stairs [sorry toronto fans, but his success was a fluke], Marco Scutaro, David Eckstein et all).
What do I want to hear?
JP: Thanks for having me on the Fan 590 tonight. Now, Blue Jay fans, due to the economic downturn the Jays are going to have to be fickle. To turn this squad around we’re going to cut our dead weight and start fresh. It may not take effect immidately, but leading up to the 2009 trade deadline all Blue Jays are available in trade talks. Everyone knows I love Oakland, now its time to start thinking like Billy Beane as opposed to taking his scrap heap junk and turning them into Blue Jays. And Like Oakland, we will soon see the light of the playoffs – you just may not recognize the squad.