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  1. The way I read about it in the Globe, he cut the Red Sox loose, not the other way around. Supposedly they might have topped Toronto’s offer after checking to see what others (i.e. Scutaro) were asking. Gonzalez decided signing earlier was smarter than waiting around for the possibility of a slightly better offer.

    Comment by Greg — May 3, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  2. Well, the Red Sox refused to make him an offer and asked him to wait, thats the same thing as cutting him loose IMHO. He decided that in this market that was not wise, and he was right. Good move by the Blue Jays. Red Sox never get it right at SS, except by accident, and then they can not recognize they got it right.

    Scutaro has been fine overall, but Eddie Stanky would call him a good player from the neck down. Makes some real dumb moves at times.

    Comment by pft — May 4, 2010 @ 1:56 am

  3. Odd that a team focused on pitching defense would spend more money on Scutaro and downgrade the defense at the SS position (and give up a draft pick to boot)… Or perhaps the pitching defense is only trotted out when it fits… all they had to do is tell their fans that they thought Bay wanted too long a contract and they weren’t willing to spend that much money on Holliday. Either way the Red Sox spin was Toronto’s gain..

    Or I guess the whole defense and pitching is just judiciously used and SS isn’t that critical and offense from that position is more important?

    Comment by Hank — May 4, 2010 @ 3:04 am

  4. Or they were trying to maximise their returns.

    But that’s too prudent, right?

    Comment by TsB — May 4, 2010 @ 7:32 am

  5. It also looks like they happened to forget about defense in the C slot…

    Comment by verd14 — May 4, 2010 @ 9:25 am

  6. Jays fan here – Gonzalez has been outstanding, a really pleasant surprise. I, along with most Jays fans, were pretty luke warm on this deal and thought the main benefit was ‘forcing’ Boston to sign Scutaro for the draft picks. But Gonzalez has ripped quite a few homer (granted a couple just cleared the short LF fence at Rogers Center) but mainly his glove has been way better than advertised. Once a game he seems to make a spectacular play and makes it look so easy. The fact that he has a cheap club option just makes it that much better. I just hope he can stay healthy, I know he had problems with that in Cincy.

    One caveat on the plate discipline though, look at the entire Jays roster. The coaching staff seems to have applied a grip it and rip it mindset to the team. Oh well, its a lost season anyways, might as well try to impress the girls with the long bombs.

    Comment by Impossibles — May 4, 2010 @ 11:03 am

  7. I think they were looking for short-term contracts, two guys who were willing to sign such contracts (Beltre, Cameron) happened to be plus defenders, and the media ran away with that. You’re right that if the organization’s plans started with defense then they wouldn’t have played it so cool with Gonzalez.

    Comment by Greg — May 4, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

  8. He cut them loose because they kept him waiting. Presumably they knew that was a risk and they now have to live with it, but it was his decision in the end. I agree he made a smart decision.

    Comment by Greg — May 4, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

  9. I agree and thta’s kind of my point… the media (ESPN specifically) got on the pitching/defense hype machine as if it it was some newfangled strategy.

    They weren’t choosing pitching & defense specifically they were choosing the best value available and it just happened to be pitching and defense related and the Scutaro/Gonzalez ‘swap’ proves it in my view… they chose what they thought is the best value, not a specific new philosophy.

    I do think the RedSox have also been using this as a way of trying to keep their fans from taking them to task on passing on Bay and Holliday…. while probably an economically prudent move (due to the length those guys were looking for), they needed something to keep the pitchforks at bay (pun intented)

    Comment by Hank — May 4, 2010 @ 5:50 pm

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