Friday, November 17, 2006

Ozzie's Wet Dream: Hold Your Breath Sox Fans

I was perusing Jim's page to see what he thought about the Cotts trade, and what do you know, there's talk of ANOTHER move by the Sox. Let me tell you, if this is true, I'm very disappointed in Kenny. According to a blogger for the Boston Globe, SS Alex Gonzalez (from the Red Sox, the one that Ozzie loooooves) has received a three-year $15 million contract from an undisclosed team. Cafardo, the blogger, then goes on to say that the offer didn't come from the Bo-Sox nor the Blue Jays. He cites that sources say the team could be either the White Sox or the Reds. Not exactly the most definite proof, but it's worrisome nonetheless.

We're potentially giving this guy $5 mil a year, which I think is obscene. I'd say Juan plays slightly better D, and has slightly better hitting numbers, with Juan coming up bigger in power numbers. Jim points out over the last 3 years Juan has averaged .257/.296/.454 with 27 2B's and 20 HR's vs. Alex's .249/.294/.397 with 28 2B's and 12 HR's. Both players had their career year factored into that 3 year span. I can't speculate whether or not the Sox are actually the team that offered him the contract, seeing as I'm a modest blogger with no real industry sources, but I can speculate about the Sox options from here on out.

Option A.) Realize they are crazy and withdraw their offer to Gonzalez

Option B.) Trade Uribe to a team in the market for a SS. IE the Reds or the Red Sox.

Option C.) Trade Gonzalez to a team in the market for a SS. IE the Reds or the Red Sox. (This would be the all time sneakiest move. Take a free-agent and then trade him immediately, essentially getting something for nothing. Does anyone know if such a move would even be allowed. I know in European soccer a player isn't allowed to change teams more than once per transfer period).

Option D.) Trade Alex Cintron to a team in the market for a SS or a 2B.

Option E.) Package one of said SS for prospect and/or a good back up catcher that can hit lefties and/or bullpen help and/or a competent left fielder.

Option F.) Do didly and be ridiculously deep at one position.

Oh yes, before I forget Gonazalez is 2 years older than Juan, yet another reason why I wouldn't want him to replace Uribe as our SS.

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