Major League Baseball is still buzzing about the “blockbuster” trade last year between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, and Nick Punto to the Dodgers. There is still much talk about who won the trade. It really depends on which team you cheer for.
Boston was in the cellar of the AL East last year. Many forget that in 2011, they only finished third in the east, behind their adversary New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays. Also, the Red Sox have had major drama for the past two years. Former players including Crawford have criticized the Red Sox organization and the media in Boston.
Gonzalez was not a problem, nor was he involved in any of the spectacle in Boston. In 2011, he signed a huge contract— 7 year, $154 million to play in Boston. But he had a great year. He had a .338BA, .410OBP, .548SLG, played 159 games, 213 hits, 27 HR, and 117 RBI. He also was an All-Star, won a Gold-Glove and a Silver Slugger award.
Of course the media in bean-town has insinuated Gonzalez wasn’t productive enough in 2012. He had .300BA, .343OBP, .469SLG, played 123 games, 145 hits, 15 HR, and 86 RBI. He missed a few games with a back strain, but he averaged 160 games a season from 2007-2011. I guess in Boston you can’t rest a game or two.
Gonzalez is very happy to be in LA. Who wouldn’t be? After the Terry Francona, Bobby Valentine roller coaster the Red Sox had been on, anyone would be glad to leave. It says a lot that former players are glad to leave Boston. Maybe this year in LA, we’ll find out who really won the trade, Boston or LA. Gonzalez will play a big part in the answer.