MLB, like politics, has more spin than a merry-go-round. When the Boston Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, the baseball world had a major carnival ride.
The Red Sox were a sinking ship. In 2012, Boston was in the cellar of the AL east. They had more drama than Jersey Shore. What many forget is that in 2011, they only finished third in the east, behind their arch-enemy New York Yankees, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Also that year – you guessed it – the Red Sox could have won an Oscar for their Major League dramatic presentation.
Adrian Gonzalez was not the problem, nor was he involved in any of the mess in Boston. In 2011, Gonzalez signed a huge contract— seven-year, $154 million, to play in Boston. But he had a great year. He had a .338 BA, .410 OBP, .548 SLG, played 159 games, 213 hits, 27 HRs, and 117 RBIs. Wow!
Of course, the merry-go-round in bean-town said Gonzalez wasn’t productive enough. Really? In 2012, for the Red Sox he had .300 BA, .343 OBP, .469 SLG, played 123 games, 145 hits, 15 HR, and 86 RBI.
Gonzalez has moved in to LA, and moved on from Boston. He is very glad. Who wouldn’t be? After the Terry Francona and Bobby Valentine carnival ride the Red Sox had been on, all of us would be glad to leave.
The Dodgers have made major moves to get back to the World-Series. Adrian Gonzalez is proof their moves will pay off.